34000 Selva Road, Dana Point, CA
** START 9:00am EVERY SATURDAY MORNING FALL & WINTER!
ABOUT THE HIKE: We meet in the Dana Point Strand Beach Parking lot (free parking) at Selva Road on the ocean side of PCH. Go right after you enter the parking lot and proceed to the end (rest room & funicular). We start our walk by heading south along the bluff top walk to the switchback trail and down to the elevated Strand Beach boardwalk. We go the length of the boardwalk to the sand, go around the corner to Salt Creek Beach, head up the trail and then along the ocean view bluff top path through the park. We continue past the Monarch Bay golf course, through the tunnel under PCH and enter scenic Sea Terrace Park. Our walk then takes us past the rose garden, back under PCH, down the hill to Salt Creek Beach, around the corner, back to the sand and then up the stairs to the Strand Beach parking lot. This advanced beginner hike will be 3.7 miles with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain/loss and a mix of trails, walkways and sandy beaches. These are some of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County, adjacent to some of the most expensive real estate in the world, including the Ritz Carlton Hotel. We finish the hike at our bluff side parking area, with magnificent 180 degree views of the Dana Point Headlands and Pacific Ocean. Please note that DOGS are NOT ALLOWED on the beach or the Strand Beach trail.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway, take Crown Valley Parkway exit heading west toward the coast... turn left on Pacific Coast Highway... turn right on Selva Road... turn right into the parking lot for Strand Vista Park... Turn right to the north end of the parking lot, next to restrooms and the beach access trail. Parking is free.
DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.