Has it been 3 months already? Yes! Although this is an easier hike, we encourage everyone to come for the fun and camaraderie all Blazers are renowned for.
Why do we enjoy this hike so much? Could be the spectacular, sheer cliffs. Could be the white sand beach dappled with interesting rocks. Could be the dolphin pods frolicking 20 feet from the shore. Could be the sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks and barking at us. Could be the rock climbers. Could be the film history made there. Could be we'll see some whales... Could be a lot of things- come see what it is for you.
This is an easier hike- 5.2 miles, most of it along the beach, with 150 feet of elevation. Bring family and friends if you'd like.
We'll start near Pirate's Cove on Westward Beach, hike up and over Point Dume into Dume Cove, then make our way along the beach to Paradise Cove. Once we get to Paradise Cove, we'll dine at the Paradise Cove Cafe, where we can literally eat on the beach if the mood strikes. This is a day to enjoy the beach and each other, and we'll take our time in doing both.
If you arrive late, go up and over the cliffs, then follow the beach. Once up on the point, try to hug the edge as much as possible, and you'll be okay. Come back down to the beach on the metal stairs.
*Note: Check Paradise Cove Cafe's menu on their site (link below) for pricing, and remember to carry enough cash or plastic to cover yourself. Portions are generous enough to share, so that's an option if you bring (or make) a friend.
Paradise Cove Cafe (http://www.paradisecovemalibu.com/beachcafe/index09.html)
A few film history notes. For the dudes- Tony Stark's mansion in Iron Man was located on Point Dume where we'll be walking. The mansion was computer generated, so no worries about trespassing. For the ladies- the beach house in Beaches is along our way. Teary-eyed women can trespass at will. * Pirates Cove was the location of the famous Statue of Liberty scene from the end of the original Planet of the Apes movie.
* The Weekday Trailblazers, their subsidiaries, and all Titular Heads, real or imagined, in no way endorse nor may be held liable for trespassing or tear-jerking. Trespassing and intimate knowledge of the film Beaches are serious crimes. Punishment includes, but is not limited to, heavy fines, jail time, and excessive ridicule from fellow Blazers, especially Titular Heads.
From Santa Monica, follow Pacific Coast Highway 18-miles west to Westward Beach Road. Turn left, toward the ocean, go beyond the fee collection station to the very end of the road.
From the 101, exit at Kanan Road, follow it south 12-miles to Pacific Coast Highway, then turn right. Westward Beach Road is over the rise, at the foot of the hill, just before the turn for Zuma Beach. This is NOT Zuma Beach. This is NOT Free Zuma.
Parking in the designated lot is $10. There is free parking on the street before the lot, 1/4 mile walk to our meeting spot- plan your time accordingly. Meet at the far end of the parking lot, below the cliff.
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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.
If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.