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Sunset Cliffs & Caves III

  • Jan 18, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Please note that this event will involve climbing on cliffs & large boulders and entering damp sea caves. Please pack & dress accordingly.

Required Gear: water, headlight or flashlight with extra batteries

Recommended Gear: gloves, rugged long pants, hiking boots

Difficulty: 6/10

Approx. Time: 3hrs+

Please contact me with any questions -[masked]
-Trevor
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We will meet in the below pictured parking lot at 1:00pm and leave from there promptly at 1:15pm. Please don't be late. The purpose of meeting so late is to make sure the tide is low when we enter the Rum Runner's cave.

Travel west on I-8 until it ends. Turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd. After about 500ft, slight right to stay on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Continue on until you see the ocean and park in the first parking area on the right (if possible. There is street parking all around also), pictured below..

We will head out from this spot. In addition to hiking along and exploring the cliffs, there are a number of sea caves and also a Prohibition-era rum runner's cave. Plan on getting mildly dirty and a little damp so dress accordingly.

We will have to drop down into a hole to get into the Prohibition cave, and that's where you'll get a little dirty.
Once through the cave, we'll come down the carved steps pictured below. To the right of those steps is another passage that is permanently flooded and full of nasty, standing water. At the end of that tunnel is dry ground and it leads up under a house, where the rum runner's stashed the booze.  


Also, to get into the cave pictured below, we will most likely have to walk through a muddy area. Depending on the last time the ocean washed through, it may smell a little stagnant too. If you want to see this particular cave, that's the price of admission.
I've dubbed it Black Widow Cave...so if you hate spiders...

I will answer any questions in the comments section.


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  • Trevor M.

    Who was it that had the group pics on their phone?? Please upload them so everyone can see them!

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a blast! Great bunch of people and an awesome meetup! Thanks for putting together suck a fun day Trevor:-)

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was really fun! Great weather and great people! Thanks Trevor for your epic leadership!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Trevor M.

    Thanks for a great day everyone! Glad you enjoyed it.

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Trevor! Lookin forward to another one..

      1 · January 18, 2014

  • Trevor M.

    Be sure and leave a Group Review also, if you wouldn't mind. Click the link to the left, right above 'Upcoming Meetups'.

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rad place, good people, great time.

    January 18, 2014

  • Amy C.

    Awesome. This is the fro up I have been looking for. Trevor is a great guide.

    January 18, 2014

  • Trevor M.

    I'm going to be wearing boardshorts and will probably try looking for/accessing some more difficult caves. If anyone feels like getting wet, they are welcome to join me! lol

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • Trevor M.

      Actually, there are a few caves at the end of our hike that you WILL have to get wet in order to see. Up to you.

      January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined the group to take one of the available spots, but RSVPs are closed. :( Any chance I could still join?

    January 18, 2014

    • Trevor M.

      go ahead Kevin

      January 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, see you there!

      January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey looks full but would love to bring a friend? Totally ok if that can't happen, just happy to be able to join myself! Gimmie a heads up either way:-)

    January 17, 2014

    • Trevor M.

      Sure, that's fine. Just make sure your guest has the proper gear!

      January 17, 2014

  • Trevor M.

    This will be the last hike to Rum Runner's cave for a while. When it starts warming up and the water is a little more bearable for most people, I'm going to do an event for the southern section of Sunset Cliffs. There are a few awesome sea caves that are only accessible if you get in the water!

    January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be the first time that I finally get to meet up with everyone for the Sun Set Cliff Hike! I'm so looking forward to it be a gorgeous day and to meet everyone and have fun! I'm just a little confused to which parking lot we are meeting up in. Is it the first lot near the little motel when you first reach the ocean? (coming from Newport Ave area?)

    January 16, 2014

    • Trevor M.

      It's the one in the picture that I circled....

      January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Trevor, is it possible for me to bring my husband? It looks to be full. Will one more work or no?

    January 14, 2014

    • Trevor M.

      I added a +1 for you

      January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha! Thanks Trevor! We will see you then.

      January 15, 2014

  • Randy H.

    Trevor, are you going to bring an inflatable boat this time?

    January 14, 2014

    • Trevor M.

      LoL I had it with me the last couple times but the water in the tunnel was so foul that I didnt bother getting it out...

      January 14, 2014

  • Tiffany Lee M.

    Can I bring a friend?

    January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I don't have to work I so want to go this time!

    January 2, 2014

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