It’s definitely beginner friendly as there is some minimal gain and it’s only about 4 miles. We will be going to Point Dume on this one, best known recently as the location of Iron Man’s house. After the hike, start of summer festivities and snacks will continue at Vintage Market (https://www.google.com/maps/place/30745+Pacific+Coast+Hwy+%2324,+Malibu,+CAemail@example.com,-118.8446488,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80e8180de7a78891:0x9e8aa7150003efd9!8m2!3d34.0307305!4d-118.8424601). To get there, head 1.9 miles north on PCH and enter just before Trancas Canyon. If you miss that turn, turn right on Trancas Canyon and then right again to get into the Trancas Country Market complex.
We will NOT be waiting an additional 10 minutes at the start, so please be there on time. If you are late, walk to the waterline and turn left.
We’ll be meeting on the beach in front of the “Sunset Restaurant”. There is FREE Parking along Westward Beach Road as it leads toward the Sunset restaurant. It also gets really crowded there so you may have to backtrack quite a bit to find a parking space. So, please try to arrive early so you’ll have tine to park and walk to the restaurant.
Since there are very few stories of people who went to the beach and were never seen again, it should be safe.
If you get cold easily, a jacket might be in order. We will be going to Point Dume on this one and so you don’t want to be barefoot for that portion of the hike. Afterwards, we’ll head back North along the beach. Sandals will be the preferred footwear. Shorts are good as you probably will get wet and a towel to get the sand off your feet is also a good idea. I strongly encourage you to get your feet wet. It’s good for both your feet and your soul.
DIRECTIONS: The address 6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA. Westward Beach Rd is off of Pacific Coast Hwy, just South of Zuma Beach. There is EXPENSIVE paid parking just past Sunset Restaurant. Try to find a free parking spot on Westward before the restaurant if you can.
Elevation Gain: About 205 feet
Difficulty: As hard as a walk on the beach
Restrooms: Yes, several on the beach
Water Fountain: Yes
Parking: roadside parking and pay parking
Trail: Beach walk and trail at Point Dume
Sunset: 8:04 PM
Known Dangers: Sea monsters, drowning, frisbee impact, cold feet, tsunami
Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea E. E. Cummings