The tide pools at Point Dume State Park are located just to the south of the large cliff that makes Point Dume famous. The tidepool area consists of a vast rock field exposed at low tide with numerous shallow pools that house a wide variety of marine life. This area has huge numbers of aggregating and solitaire sea anemones, a few sea hares, sea stars along with a good variety of algae. Larger rocks that are more exposed to wave action can be found at the base of the bluff area. Mussels, barnacles, anemones and a few sea stars can be found in this area.
Location, Parking and AmenitiesPoint Dume State Park is located just off of Pacific Coast Highway in Northern Malibu. Access to the parking area is from Westward Beach Road. Follow this road past the guard gate ( fee required ) all the way to the end closest to the bluff. There is plenty of parking in the large parking area. There is another very small parking area located on Cliffside drive. This parking area has maybe 8 parking spaces and is always filled. There is no fee to park in this area. Restroom facilities are available in the large parking area.
Tide Pool AccessAccess to the tidepool area is through the large nature preserve that spans most of the bluff and sand dune area. The nature preserve is accessed from the main parking area to the north (recommended) or from the smaller parking area on Cliffside drive. Follow the nature trails in the nature preserve to the southern end of the preserve. There is a long steep trail and staircase that leads to the beach and tidepool area.
Points of InterestThe tide pools at Point Dume are composed of two distinct areas. The northern area is located at the base of the cliff. This area has large mussel beds, barnacle beds, rocks covered with colonies of aggregating anemones and the occasional sea star. Mussels are common in this area as it is more exposed to wave action than the southern area. The rocks are large and can be difficult to traverse. There are several pools in this area with large solitaire sea anemones and other marine life.
The area to the south is composed of a vast rock field. The rocks are generally smaller with several sections of large flat areas. Numerous small and large pools maintain healthy populations of algae, snails and anemones. Some of the flat rocky areas are covered by numerous solitaire sea anemones, red and brown algae. Other isolated larger rocks are completely covered by colonies of aggregating anemones.
A few areas have large colonies of sand castle worms that look more like rocks with thousands of small holes. This area is less exposed to wave action and has few if any mussels and barnacles. There are plenty of limpets, snails, chitons and the occasional sea hare, sea star and variety of algae and sea grass.