Point Dume to Paradise Cove

This is hike is great any time of the year. It starts out along Westward beach, where you can watch rock climbers scaling the volcanic rocks.

A trail takes you to the top of the point where you have a excellent view of the channel Islands and a perfect spot for sighting whales (December thru March). The trail then drops down into beautiful Dume Cove and travels next to the water along the beach until you reach Paradise Cove pier. Bring water shoes in case you get wet. It’s best to hike this route at low tide.

  • Highlights: Isolated beaches, tide pools
  • Near: Malibu, CA
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 ft
  • Hike Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: 3/10
  • Trail Condition: Well maintained trail and beach
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • Rating: 4/5

Getting to the Trailhead:
From the Pacific Coast Highway, about 25 miles upcoast from Santa Monica and just down coast from Zuma Beach County Park, turn oceanward on Westward Beach Road and follow it to its end at a (fee $10) parking lot. (Lat:34.00328 Lon:-118.80902)

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Trail Detail Map


Trail Profile


Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove

stream at point dume

stream at point dume

waterfall at point dume

waterfall at point dume


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