Point Dume

State Beach - California

Point Dume is a promontory on the coast of Malibu, California that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. Point Dume Headlands Park affords a vista of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island. Zuma Beach lies to its immediate northwest.

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Official visitor map of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Santa Monica Mountains - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=623 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Dume Point Dume is a promontory on the coast of Malibu, California that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. Point Dume Headlands Park affords a vista of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island. Zuma Beach lies to its immediate northwest.
Welcome Natural Environment Though small in size, Point Dume State Beach at the northern edge of Santa Monica Bay has many significant features including panoramic views and opportunities to see increasingly rare plants and animals. Point Dume State Beach is 63 acres in size, and is one of the last and finest examples of coastal bluff scrub in Southern California. In 1992, a 34-acre parcel of Point Dume was designated a State Natural Preserve, one of the highest levels of protection afforded by law. Two miles of scenic trails through grasslands, coastal bluff scrub, and southern foredune areas allow visitors to view an island of delicate biological integrity. Local History The Native Californian Chumash tribe inhabited this coastline for thousands of years and used this area as a sacred space. In 1542, the point was an important navigational marker for Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, but only received its name in 1793 when British sea captain George Vancouver named the craggy headlands Point Dume after Father Francisco Dumetz from the Mission San Buenaventura. The volcanic rock cliffs provide living areas for cliff-roosting birds, and the sparkling tide pools provide habitat for rich intertidal and sub-tidal marine life including protected sea stars, octopi, anemones, sea urchins, mussels and crabs. The Natural Preserve is also the southern-most limit for the giant coreopsis (giant sea dahlia, pictured here) and also dudleya, false heather, and quite possibly the California spineflower. Though small, the Preserve provides habitat for a surprising amount of wildlife. A visitor may encounter coyotes, skunks, raccoons, ground squirrels and rabbits in broad daylight. One may also find five species of butterflies, six types of snakes, various lizards including the silvery legless lizard, and over one hundred types of birds including brown pelicans, plovers, wrens, roadrunners, burrowing owls, falcons, and hawks. During World War II, the U.S. Army used this site as an anti-aircraft artillery training area. It is believed that the top of the headlands was flattened after the war for commercial construction purposes. In 1979, Point Dume was acquired by the State of California and is being carefully and gradually restored to its pristine state. Important Information © Kenneth & Gabriella Adelman Help us protect and maintain this beautiful place by following these simple rules. Always stay on fenced trails. Going off the trails creates new paths that erode the sandy cliffs and can destroy potential wildlife habitat. Dogs are strictly prohibited. Please don’t bring your dogs to the Preserve; even the scent of a dog disrupts wildlife and prevents migrating birds from nesting. The incredible vistas here at the point provide an opportunity to view sea lions, harbor seals and dolphins in the surf only a few dozen feet away. This promontory also provides one of the few dry-land viewing sites for migrating gray whales that lets you get close enough to count their barnacles! The best viewing time for these majestic creatures is November through April. To see the newborn whale calves migrate, be here from February on into the spring. Absolutely no fires are allowed at any time. Please do not touch or remove anything from the tide pools. Don’t turn over rocks, and walk gently—these delicate homes are very sensitive. All natural and cultural features are protected and may not be collected, moved or harmed. Visitor Services Point Dume State Beach and Natural Preserve Additional parking is available on Westward Beach Road. (Take Cliffside Drive to Birdview Avenue, and park free along Westward Beach Road, or pay a fee at Westward Beach lot, and take a trail to the Preserve.) FREE shuttles on weekends, holidays and during the summer months run every 20 minutes between 10 am and 4 pm from Westward Beach Road. POINT DUME STATE BEACH AND NATURAL PRESERVE There are no public phones or restrooms at the Preserve. Restrooms can be found on Westward Beach Road. Park hours are sunrise to sunset. How You Can Help If you would like to join the Volunteers in Parks program at Point Dume and help protect and maintain the Preserve, please call (310)457-8144. Not to scale Trail accessibility changes seasonally, call ahead for conditions. Dotted trails denote steps or steep inclines. California State Parks supports equal access for individuals with disabilities. Prior to arrival, visitors who would like assistance should call the park at (310) 454-8212. To receive this publication in an alternate format, contact the Communications Office at the address below. California State Parks P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 For General Information: (800) 777-0369 (916) 653-6995 Outside US 711, TTY Relay Service We Would Like to Thank: The California Coastal Commission for a Whale Tail Grant, the California Conservation Corps, Boy Scout Troup #8, California State Parks, and the Point Dume Volunteers. For information
Bienvenidos Ambiente Natural Aunque pequeno, el Parque del Estado Point Dume Beach a la orilla norte de la Bahia Santa Monica tiene muchas caracteristicas significantes incluyendo vistas panoramicas y la oportunidad de ver plantas y animales cada vez mas raros. El Parque del Estado Point Dume mide 63 hectareas y es uno de los ultimos y mejores ejemplos de scrub strand en los penascos costeros del Sur de California. En 1992, 34 hectareas de Point Dume fueron designados como Preserva Natural del Estado, uno de los mas altos niveles de proteccion por la ley. Dos millas de caminos escenicos atraves de prados, penascos costeros y areas del Southern foredune dan a los visitantes la oportunidad de ver una isla de integridad biologica delicada. Historia Local La tribu de los Indios Chumash de California habito esta costa por miles de anos y la usaban como un lugar sagrado. En 1542, la punta fue un punto de navegacion importante para el explorador Espanol, Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, pero solo recibio su nombre en 1793 cuando el capitan de la Marea Inglesa, George Vancouver la nombro Point Dume en honor al Padre Francisco Dumetz de la Mission San Buenaventaura. Los acantilados de piedra volcanica ofrecen un lugar para que habiten los pajaros que hacen sus nidos en los acantilados y las aguas cristalinas de los charcos de la marea son el habitat de la rica vida marina que incluye epecies protegidas como la estrella de mar, pulpos, anemonas, pilluelo de mar, mejillones y cangrejos. La Preserva Natural es tambien el limite mas al sur para plantas como las gigantes coreopsis y dahlia del mar, dedleya, brezo falso y quizas la California Spineflower. Ayudenos a proteger y mantener este bello lugar siguiendo estas simple reglas Aunque pequena, La Preserva da habitacion a un sorprendente numero de animales. Un visitante puede encontrarse durante el dia con coyotes, zorrillos, mapaches, ardillas y conejos. Tambien uno puede encontrar cinco especies de mariposas, seis clases de viboras y varios lagartijos, incluyendo el lagartijo plateado sin patas, y mas de cien clases de pajaros incluyendo el pelicano café, plovers, wrens, road runners, buhos madrigueros, halcones y gavilanes. Quedarse siempre en los caminos cercados. Salirse de los caminos puede destruir los acantilados arenosos y el lugar donde habitan los animales. Durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la Fuerza Armada de Los Estados Unidos uso este sitio para entrenar contra artilleria aerea. Se cree que la parte alta de las headlands fue allanada despues de la guerra para construccion comercial. En 1979, Point Dume fue adquirida por el Estado de California y se esta restableciendo cuidadosa y gradualmente a su original estado pristino. Informacion Importante © Kenneth & Gabriella Adelman Las vistas increibles desde la punta dan una oportunidad para ver leones de mar, focas y delfines en la playa a unos pies de distancia. Tambien es uno de los pocos lugares en tierra seca para mirar las ballenas grises migratorias que dejan llegar tan cerca que uno puede contar sus barnacles! El mejor tiempo para mirar a estas majestuosas creaturas es de Noviembre hasta Abril. Para ver migrar a las ballenas recien nacidas venga de Febrero hasta la primavera. Traer perros esta estrictamente prohibido. Por favor no traiga sus perros a la Preserva; el solo olor de un perro puede molestar la fauna y prevenir que los pajaros hagan sus nidos. Esta absolutamente prohibido encender lumbres a cualquier hora. Favor de no tocar ni remover nada de los charcos de marea. No debe de mover o voltear piedras y debe caminar suavemente -- estas casas delicadas son muy sensibles. Todas las caracteristicas naturales y culturales estan protegidas y no deben ser coleccionadas, movidas, ni danadas. PRESERVA NATURAL Y PLAYA DEL ESTADO POINT DUME Pirates Cove Plata Westward Beach forma P a ra Vistas Westward Beach Estacionamiento Gratis y de Paga Charcos Marinos Birdview Ave Estac io nam en to y P a Cliffside Drive rada d e Tran sporte s Dume Drive El acceso a los caminos cambia segun la temporada; llame antes para informacion acerca de las condiciones. Los caminos marcados con lineas quebradas indican escalones o inclinacion pronunciada. El Departamento de Parques del Estado apoya la igualdad de acceso para personas discapacitadas. Antes de su llegada, los visitantes que desean ayuda deben de llamar al parque al (310) 454-8212 (En Ingles Solamente). Para recibir esta publicacion en un formato alternativo, comuniquese al Communications Office al domicilio que sigue. California State Parks P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 Para Informacion General (En Ingles Solamente) : (800) 777-0369 (916) 653-6995 Fuera de E.U. 711, Servicio Relay TTY Servicios Para el Visitante Hay estacionamiento adicional en Westward Beach Road. (Tome Cliffside Drive a Birdview y estacionese gratis por la calle Westward Beach Road o pague para estacionarse en el lote Westward Beach y tome el camino a la pre

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