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Coastal cliffs of Point Dume State Beach
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Coastal cliffs of Point Dume State Beach
Description - Point Dume State Beach preserves a wide strip of white-sand beaches backed by tall bluffs and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area west of Los Angeles. The park encompasses headlands, cliffs, secluded coves and tidepools. The beach offers views of the coast, including the sight of migrating California gray whales between November and May. Amenities include hiking trails, restrooms and lifeguard stations.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities abound at this State Beach. Visitors can enjoy hiking, sun bathing, viewing scenery, wildlife watching and surfing. Swimming is permitted at Point Dume, but bathers should be aware of strong currents that sometimes exist.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.

Location - This beach is located in Los Angeles County,18 miles west of Santa Monica. The entrance is on Westward Road.

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Filed By: Ralph Auletta (Fullerton, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Excellent location for a California beach sunset photo shoot if you don't mind some 5.4 level hiking and climbing to get to the southern side of Point Dume. The views are just as spectacular from the beach as they are from the peak of the famous point. Excellent lead and top-rope climbing is availble on the Seaward and leeward side of the Point. Outstanding Scuba diving area with easy access to a very deep kelp canyon with excellent visibility all year.

Filed By: Ralph Auletta (Fullerton, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The best approach to avoid traffic snarls is via Kanan Dume Road from the 101. Turn right when you hit PCH and look for the sign about 80 yards on the left that points to the entrance to Point Dume. A winding trail leads to the top of the Rock where you can watch whales and other large marine animals pass by the point. The rock face is a popular climbing area and provides for good entertainment also. A very clean, quiet beach. Worth a trip.

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Contact Information:
Angeles Malibu Sector Headquarters, 39996 Pacific Coast Hwy , Malibu, CA, 90265, Phone: 310-457-8143, Fax: 310-589-1522

Additional Information:
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is comprised of a rugged coastal landscape covered with chaparral fronts on the sandy beaches north of Los Angeles.


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