Swim at the Thousand Steps Pools

Thousand Steps Beach

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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Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer
Food Nearby
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole


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Illegal.... Plus Its Locals Only.

Dont go. Turn around or else the local monster will get you


Went for the day and tested the water it was filled with human feces and waste. Highly contaminated water.

It's NOT Private Land

Anywhere where the median high tide touches and lower is considered public...like with all things nature, be careful; just wait a few hours for the low tide. Use your brain and be safe its not that hard to pull up the high/low tide time on your iPhone

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