Walk the Dana Point Preserve Trail

Walk the Dana Point Preserve Trail

Dana Point Interpretive Center

Distance

0.5 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Douglas Hall

Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Think all Dana Point has are beautiful beaches? This will change your mind! Perfect little hike in a nature preserve!

Ocean views the whole time, plenty of wildlife and different species of native plants make this short hike beautiful. With the hike being short enough to complete in the afternoon after a day at the beach you can see a beautiful view of the coastline north and south.

There is plenty of parking inside the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center and before you get to the center along the west side of the street. The parking is beautiful along the street as you can overlook the southern coast line from the seat of your car!

The hike totals in about half a mile long there and back, it's a beautiful little hike with benches and information spots in little turn offs along the trail. These information spots discuss information about species of animals and plants that are in the preserve that you may see. There are different species of birds and plants that I got to see while hiking, there is minimal elevation gain but there is some. You start the trail by descending down towards the cliffs from the Interpretive Center, after heading towards the cliffs you parallel them as you head north. The trail then curves back upward towards the housing tracks and then to a gate. Turn around at this gate as you will only be in a housing track afterwards.

Be sure to bring water with you as it is southern California and you will be in the sun the entire time while walking on the trail. The trail is great for running or hiking, the trail is slightly sandy and not good for wheelchairs, there are stair steps.

Here is a link to the Dana Point Preserve, you can find some other parks and things to do in the area on the website! 

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Views for Days

It's not a long/ difficult hike by any means but the views are incredible. From Strands/Salt Creek all the way to the Dana Point Harbor and San Clemente you can see it all. It's sandy so you can't bring strollers but definitely family friendly.

Distance

0.5 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Douglas Hall

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Explore Tide Pools at Dana Point

Adventure

Stand Up Paddle Dana Point Harbor

Adventure

Hike the Salt Creek Trail

Adventure

Surf Salt Creek

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

destinations

WATCH: A Way of Life Under Attack - 'Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee'

All over this country, indigenous people are literally just fighting for their identity.

gear

Patagonia's First Ever Product Collaboration: Danner & Patagonia Wading Boots

Debuted at Summer Outdoor Retailer 2018, Patagonia's newest fly fishing products are now available.

activities

The World's Gnarliest Bike Race: 1000+ Miles on the Silk Road

"How tough it will be cannot be understated, but as Mike Hall once said, 'Nothing that’s worth an...

photography

How Landscape Photographers Can Improve at Leave No Trace

We often talk about “leaving no trace” in the outdoors. You don't take anything from the wilderne...

More Stories