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Let's Dive Mountain Road in Orange County!

Let's dive a site that we haven't done before: Mountain Road in Orange County!

In water time will be approximately 8:30 AM

We all know that Orange County has some of the best shore dives in So Cal, so let's go find a beautiful reef that is not well known outside of Laguna Beach. It's a favorite of locals!

WHERE: Mountain Road, Laguna Beach - I'll be on top of the stairs with the Power Scuba sign.

WHAT: This will be a 1-tank dive.  However, I always bring another tank with me just in case conditions are great and I feel like going back in again.

WHO: Divers of all levels can appreciate this location.

PARKING: Parking at Mountain Road can be a pain, but arriving early in the morning has its advantages and there is a little more parking on Sundays. Bring quarters for the meter eater. Carpooling is highly suggested!

If you just can't find parking, drop your gear off at the curb near us then go find parking further away.

So what's the deal with diving at Mountain Road?!

The Good: In the opinion of many seasoned local divers,  Mountain Rd is the best shore dive in the county. It's got it all: shallow rocky reefs, kelp forests, swim-throughs, barren sandy bottom, and (if you're up for a somewhat longer surface swim) a gorgeous pinnacle. Max depth is 50 feet. Not too many other shore dive that will allow you to experience such a wide variety on one dive. Horn Sharks, Moray Eels, Leopard Sharks, Large Bat Rays, Angel Sharks, Guitarfish, Sea Lions...all on the same dive.

The Bad: There are NO facilities here. Closest bathroom is 2 blocks away at the Jack In The Box. When conditions are sub-par, Orange County diving can be tedious: poor viz, annoying surge. All of that right before you have to trudge up two flights of steps. But this time of year the odds are it will be GOOD!

The Verdict: Orange County has spectacular shore dives. But we can't stress enough how important it is to assess the conditions before entering the water. Entry is typically not difficult, but lookout for rogue waves. When the entry/exit zone is flat as a pond...as it can be at times...then it's just a matter of negotiating a few submerged rocks. On the other hand, as with all shore diving, there are times when large sets roll in. That's when you need to be on your game, and timing can make or break your day (or other things, unfortunately). So take a good look at the pattern of sets coming in. Watch other divers exiting the water. Then judge for yourself if you'll be comfortable exiting the water under those conditions. (Tip: fins that you can quickly/easily don and doff are a huge asset here. Spring straps are great.) Fortunately, conditions should be very good this time of year, so we expect it will be awesome!

RSVP today!!!
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  • Mike H.

    Thanks Chris for organizing this one. Parking was not so bad (across the street). I think we were the only dive group there. Conditions were good, easy entry; viz was decent (15 - 25ft). Nice shallow dive, in fact, I was quite warm. I registerd 70 degrees at depth of 24 feet...could that be correct? Looking forward to the next OC dive.

    3 · June 22, 2014

    • Chris T.

      I hit 40 feet on the far side of the pinnacle and the temp was as balmy 65. I loved not diving with a hood! 70 at 24 feet sounds reasonable. Always great to see you Mike. See you next OC dive.

      June 22, 2014

    • J. P. P.

      With my dry suit, I felt like I was diving in Roatan! :) Thanks Chris for introducing us to that dive spot - I'll be sure to make it out there for a repeat visit

      1 · June 22, 2014

  • Fred M.

    great dive description both directions and the dive site. great place to dive!

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • Jye C.

    No hassle. Dive was fun, and Chris was awesome. We had a good time.

    4 · June 22, 2014

  • Chris T.

    What a great dive! Thanks all for coming. We will do this again at another great Laguna Beach dive site. Sorry we lost you Brandenburg. If your still in the neighborhood, we are at BJs Pizza, cross street Park

    3 · June 22, 2014

    • Brandon P.

      Yeah I went to Gina's!

      June 22, 2014

    • Chris T.

      Darn phone, of course your name Brandon not Brandenburg.

      1 · June 22, 2014

  • Shelby

    Does anyone have a physical address for this site? Or a landmark? Not too familiar with the area and have a feeling that I'm going to get lost!

    June 21, 2014

  • Mike H.

    Chris,

    What about the snorkels? Is this not an Orange County requirement? Otherwise possible citation by the lifeguards?

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • Chris T.

      Interesting article thanks!.

      June 21, 2014

    • Fred M.

      I'm brining my snorkel just in case. I never dive with one and I don't see the connection to safety. But rules are rules.

      June 21, 2014

  • Weiwei G.

    Hi, Chris - had plans for this Sunday so I will have to skip this dive. The condition must be very good! Have a great outing!

    June 21, 2014

  • Rachel Q.

    Hi Chris, do you think there's a nearest place to fill tanks?

    June 21, 2014

  • Darren B.

    I'm coming from LA area if anyone wants to carpool

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Chris T.

    Hi All,

    Knock on wood, conditions are looking good for Sunday. I am expecting surf 1 - 2 with occasional 3 footer. Viz 10 - 20. I see we are expecting a pretty good size group. If any of you can carpool this could really help the parking situation. Please remember quarters!!! Looking forward to seeing you all there :)

    June 20, 2014

    • Jenn C.

      Oh thanks for reminding me to bring quarters. I wouldn't have thought of it. I am excited to go to a new place! Thanks for hosting this Chris!

      1 · June 20, 2014

  • JOHN L.

    Can't make it guys, medical issue

    June 20, 2014

  • Dylan D.

    I currently have my open water certification, and will be halfway done with my advanced for this dive. Would I still be able to attend this dive? I feel pretty confident with my skills.

    1 · June 15, 2014

    • Chris T.

      Hey Dylan,

      June 15, 2014

    • Chris T.

      Darn cell phones. Dylan, this is not considered an advanced Dive. OWC divers are welcome. Max depth 50, most divers won't get past 40. Just watch your entry and we will do a good buddy check. No buddy? No problem. We will figure that out there. Hope to see you.

      June 15, 2014

  • Jeffrey A. C.

    Chris, I am coming from Vegas but am definitely going as I am going to a Led Zeppelin cover band (Queen Nation playing too) in Anaheim on Saturday night. My email is [masked] and cell phone is (702)[masked]

    June 10, 2014

    • Chris T.

      Sounds great Jeffrey! We will see you there.

      June 10, 2014

  • Brandon P.

    Can't make it Sunday, but Saturday we could ;)

    June 9, 2014

    • Chris T.

      Hi Brandon, keep on eye on this meetup group, we will be scheduling another OC Dive in July.

      1 · June 10, 2014

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