Westward to the Lagoon- a Beach Shuttle Hike!

Join us for a one way hike along the sand, from Westward Beach to the Malibu Lagoon. While the hike is almost entirely flat (except for the climb up and down to/from Point Dume, the distance makes this more work than our traditional lunch stroll from Westward to Paradise Cove- not for beginners.

The hike is 10 miles, taking 5-6 hours, including some stops. We'll stop at places to look at the tide pools, take photos, etc. but not linger long in one place, to take advantage of the low tide window. The beach is quite wide during the few hours around the low tide, with plenty to see. In December when I did it there were seals, porpoises, herons, pelicans, shore birds, more. We may see whales.

You will need shoes that have a good tread and that you don't mind getting wet. A good trail running shoe or other running shoe is best. The sand is mostly hard-packed, giving it the consistency of a nice, spongy trail. Bring a jacket for the wind, sunscreen, and enough water and snacks to last you a few hours. There are a couple bathrooms along the way.

We will be walking in front of the mansions and beach houses of the world famous Malibu Riviera and Malibu Colony. These houses are owned by the rich, movie stars, and the famous. However, expect very few people around. Winter mid-week we should have the beach practically to ourselves and the marine animals. We'll pass by/through Point Dume, Dume Cove, Paradise Cove, Escondido Beach, Latigo Point, Dan Blocker State Beach, Corral Beach, Malibu Beach, Malibu Point, and finish at Malibu Lagoon.

Note: If big waves or rain are forecast, we may have to change plans or cancel. We would know a couple days before. Info on the hike will be updated accordingly.

We will meet in the Malibu Country Mart parking lot, near the Wells Fargo Bank (that's what the posted address is for). We'll consolidate cars and drive up to our starting point at Westward Beach. We'll eat at the Mart afterward, so if you won't be eating with us, either leave your car at the Mart or make sure someone can take you back to Westward for it immediately after we're done hiking.

Be ready to leave the Mart parking lot at 9:30. Since the hike has been timed to take advantage of low tide, we need to begin the carpool on time. Be there, or be left behind.

Directions:

From the 101, exit Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Rd and head south, toward the ocean. Turn left on PCH, and make another left at the 2nd light after that (at the Shell gas station-Cross Creek Rd). Turn right into the lot at Starbucks and drive through- Wells Fargo is in front of you.

Note: there is a back way into the Country Mart, turning left at the light before PCH, across from Pepperdine (Civic Center Way). That turn is illegal before 9 or 10 AM (I forget which, but was given a large financial incentive to read the signs a few years ago). You've been warned.

From PCH, coming from LA. Turn right on Cross Creek Rd (the light with the Shell station), then right again into the parking lot and drive back until you see Wells Fargo. There's an earlier turn directly into the lot just over the Lagoon bridge, if you're paying attention.


DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:

The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers 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.

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All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

 

 

 

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  • Ron H

    Posted our group shot.

    January 16, 2013

  • elyse T.

    I have so many photo's! I am going for it and up loading them all! Thank you Ron for leading us on this ten mile beautiful rondevu. Perfect timing with the weather! I was told that the sea level was at it peak today with the tides. I met some very nice people and at the same time I got to visit the old timers. thanks again everyone : )

    January 10, 2013

  • Liz K.

    That was wonderful to walk that far along a streach of beach that I have been to and driving past numerous times in my whole life living here. Thank you, Ron.

    January 9, 2013

  • Steve

    January 9, 2013

  • Sue A.

    Beautiful day!

    January 9, 2013

  • Larry

    That might have been the easiest 10 miles I've ever done without a car. Cool scenery and cooler people may have had something to do with that. Ron leads another winner!

    January 9, 2013

  • Michelle

    I saw lots of dolphins!

    January 9, 2013

  • Barbara K.

    oops, I have decided not to attempt this distance. I hope you all have a great hike, and that there are some interesting pictures posted!

    January 9, 2013

  • Aksana

    Larry can you text me your phone #? I might be joining you half way. [masked]

    January 8, 2013

  • Ron H

    Barbara - The pace is an average hiking pace for experienced hikers (2-2.5 miles per hour); definitely not a stroll. Your height does not matter; there are very fast hikers who are 5 feet tall. You should be used to hiking multiple miles and should have a some conditioning program for keeping in shape. That said, it is not wilderness, the whole hike is close to PCH, and if needed one can catch one of the frequent buses to the start or end. Yes it is an unusual hike since not many visit all these beaches below the cliff side homes as we will..

    January 8, 2013

    • Barbara K.

      Thanks Ron. The fact that there is an escape route, the buses, makes me want to give it a try. I'll decide tomorrow.

      January 8, 2013

  • Ron H

    Weather forecast is good. Swell is from the west, so it will be small along the coast - around 2 feet. Some wind; around 10 mph from the SW - at our backs. High temp about 60. No rain. Patchy fog in the morning.

    January 7, 2013

    • Barbara K.

      Hi! Like Charlotte, I missed that this is a 10 mile hike. I have done 8 miles, but it was with with a break in the middle and was three years ago. I am wondering what the pace will be, it does not say a fast-paced conditioning hike. I hiked 4 plus miles with flip flops on, just in late Oct. on pavement, and was fine. Hiking on wet sand is my choice on the beach, and is easy to me. I am not that concerned about the distance, but being 5'3" tall, the pace may be more like a run to me. I was hoping this would be my first hike...Ron you appear to be about a foot taller than me... what pace are you thinking of doing? I know this is going to be an awesome, breathtaking hike....

      January 7, 2013

  • Denise

    I was up for this until I saw the 10 miles. Last week was my first week back to hiking in a while, so my fitness may not be up to that distance just yet. Too bad, though because it sounds like a great time. Just don't want to be a liability to the group.

    January 7, 2013

  • Bob D

    besides Larry, what celebs might we be running into ?

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dang, I re-read the hike outline and noted that you state this hike is not for beginners. I don't believe I can keep up even with no verticle climb. I won't be participating on this one. ;(..

    January 5, 2013

  • Larry

    I'm picking up Elyse along the way, and eating at the Mart afterward.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This beach hike sounds wonderful and a hamburger afterward!? woooo lala... That's rewarding and I am very attempted!!:)))

    January 4, 2013

  • Larry

    I think I recreated what I'd written before Meetup made it vanish, but it's entirely possible my frazzled brain forgot something important. Please ask questions if something isn't clear.

    December 28, 2012

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