• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Map and Site Information: Point Dume State Preserve

Point Dume

Point Dume State Preserve is home to many rocky coves, cliffs, and unique views of Malibu. On a clear day, Santa Monica Bay can be seen to the south, while Catalina Island is visible to the north. In the Summer months, locals can be found swimming, scuba diving and surfing. It's also a popular spot for whale watching between the months of December and March, when migrating whales take a shortcut near the bluffs while entering and exiting the bay.

Restrooms, climbing, easy hiking, fishing, moderate hiking, swimming, wildflower viewing, and wildlife viewing.
Point Dume

Site Info and Map

Point Dume State Preserve Map and Guide (PDF - 1.2 MB)

Fee may be collected for entry.


Pacific Coast Hwy to Westward Beach Rd in Malibu. Turn south and follow road to parking lot.

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To learn more about this site, visit the Point Dume State Beach webpage.

This site is managed and operated by California State Parks.

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.