Swim at the Thousand Steps Pools

Orange County Thousand Steps Beach

Added by Connor Van Orden

A beautiful, sometimes secluded beach with two man made pools that collect saltwater during high tide and warm up during low tide. Unbelievable sunset views.

Driving down PCH southbound. Park at 9th street Laguna beach. You'l descend 219 stairs to be exact (feels like a 1,000). Once on the beach head to your left (south) until you come across a cave.

Head through the cave (tide willing, best to go during a mid-low tide) and continue along the sea-side rocks. After only about 1/4 mile, you'll get to the highest point of the hike and you will be able to see the pools on the other side of the beach.

Photos: MaddyJay, MaddyJay, Conor Van Orden

Pack List

  • Water
  • Food
  • Camera
  • Swimming trunks
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Chillin, Photography, Swimming

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Spring, Summer



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How to Get There

7 months ago

Be Safe When Unfamiliar With The Ocean

Folks this is a fun spot but one thing that needs to be addressed for people unfamiliar with the ocean and getting to this location is tidal changes as well as current ocean swells. To prevent incidents like the one that Scott Bideau posted, please know what time low tide and high tide is at. When people try to scurry between wave intervals on mossy rocks during high tide, there will likely be consequences - and the ocean is unforgiving. Like all beautiful places, there are some risks involved and the only way to minimize those risks is to be knowledgeable. Check local forecasts, go during a low or moderate tide after high tide has passed, during small swells, listen to lifeguards if they are present, and have fun.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful But Potentially Deadly

More and more people without ocean knowledge or proper navigation to the spot have been getting hurt. http://m.ocregister.com/articles/pools-650856-cave-beach.html

8 months ago

8 months ago

Unexpected Awesomeness

Try and make sure the tide has just come up (high tide) to bring fresh water into the pools and you'll be pleasantly surprised. This place is perfect and right on the beach. It's definitely open to the public.

8 months ago

9 months ago

awesome experience

I've been here before and it was so cool but isn't it someone's property? a lifeguard yelled at me last time I tried to go

9 months ago

over 1 year ago

Very beautiful! where do you keep valuables while swimming?

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

nice little hidden gem in Laguna Beach

almost 2 years ago

Added by Connor Van Orden

My name is Connor Van Orden. Born and raised in Newport Beach California, some of my favorite things to do is explore our coast for epic surfing and refreshing solitude. I love to surf, backpack, ride motorcycles, ski, and climb. Follow me on Instagram!

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