One of the most beautiful coastlines in Los Angeles County is Point Dume Nature Reserve. Since you need to take the stairs to get to the tide pools and the Nature Preserve, I included this in my stairwalking blog. Located just 20 minutes northwest of Malibu, it is my favorite beach in Los Angeles county. I took my niece here and we spent the day exploring the tide pools and hanging out. The tide pools are home to sub-tidal marine life including sea stars, sea urchins, mussels and crabs.
From the main beach you go to all the way to the end of the cul-de- sac and up some stairs that lead to a trail. There are many trails, some lead to the road where there are huge mansions, another leads to the very top of the rock known as Point Dume, and then there is the trail that leads to the stairs going down to the cove where the tide pools are. This isolated beach cannot be seen from the main beach or the parking lot and was clothing optional back in the sixties and seventies.
Movies, commercials, and TV shows are filmed here, including scenes from “Planet of the Apes” and “Modern Family.” The pilot episode of “I Dream of Jeannie” was also filmed here. It was the deserted tropical island where major Tony finds the bottle and opens it releasing Jeannie. I once attended a wedding here and the couple said their vows as the sun was setting behind them.
Point Dume was originally the site of the Chumash Indians. They foraged for fish and food in the tide pools. The top of the rock, Point Dume, was used for communication between the different villages in Ventura County, Santa Barbara and Malibu. Today you can see people climbing the face of the rock. It’s pretty easy from what I hear, at least as easy as rock climbing can get. The land was was acquired by the State of California in 1979 and designated a Natural Preserve in 1992. This is also one of the few land spots where you can view the migrating gray whales from February to April.