Join your Meetup hiking friends for a relaxed Friday evening walk around the beautiful Dana Point pleasure craft harbor. Following the hike, we will be enjoying a potluck picnic in a lovely waterfront setting having both ocean and harbor views. And following the picnic, we can move to Costello's, Big Shots, and/or StillWater for optional dancing!
Walk rating - beginner
Distance - three miles round trip
Elevation gain/loss - mostly flat
Walking time - approximately 90 minutes
Picnic time - approximately 60 minutes
ABOUT THE WALK: This is a slow paced, BEGINNER, 3 mile round trip hike on sidewalks that over look the scenic Dana Point Harbor and Pacific Ocean. The hike will begin at the Dana Point Harbor pier, next to the landmark Pilgrim tall ship and the Ocean Institute. We will proceed south along the marina to the bridge over the harbor turning right on Dana Drive north to the Yacht Club. We will then head south on the ocean side of Dana Drive to its terminus having a spectacular view of the harbor's ocean access. Again, reversing directions, we take the marina front side walk back over the bridge to the park area that is our point of beginning. This route is very popular with local residents and their four legged friends. We are taking this walk at a time of day that enjoys a brisk ocean breeze and setting sun.
ABOUT THE PICNIC: Our picnic will be located next to our Meetup parking in a park setting with multiple picnic tables above Baby Beach. Overlooking the harbor turning basin, this is one of the premier places for a picnic in OC! BYOB (beverage) and potluck delectables to share. While our picnic area may be alcohol restricted. we will exercise adult discretion and our Fifth Amendment rights! As the sun will be setting, a jacket is advisable for the picnic.
ABOUT THE DANCING:
Dancing at Costello’s neighborhood bar begins at 8:30 PM. Costellos's is located just north of Crown Valley Parkway and the San Diego Freeway. Costello's address is 27567 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
Dancing at Big Shots Bar and Grill begins at 9 PM. Big Shots is located on El Toro Road, one mile north of the 5 Freeway. Big Shots address is 23512 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630.
Dancing at StillWater begins at 9 PM. StillWater is locate one mile north of the DP Harbor, on Del Prado just east of Golden Lantern. StillWater's address is 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 92629
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, turn on to Dana Point Harbor Drive and follow it to the "end." There are multiple parking areas that serve the Pilgrim tall ship and the Ocean Institute. The Meetup location will be in front of the Dana Point Harbor pier adjacent to the Pilgrim tall ship.
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 spree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.