Dana Point Headlands Trail

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Want an enjoyable loop hike through a new preserve and three parks with stunning ocean views throughout? Check out the trail system in the Dana Point Headlands, a scenic coastal area in Orange County.

The system is a mix of natural-surface hiking trails and paved shared-use paths. Several overlooks offer an opportunity to take in the gorgeous ocean vistas and breathe in the salty air. Uniquely, the trail also connects to a funicular on Strands Beach. Free to ride, the inclined elevator transports visitors from the bluff to the beach and vice versa.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Dana Point Headlands Trail is available at Strand Vista Park on Selva Road in Dana Point.


Nice and easy trail

   June, 2014 by jfalcis

Easy trail, but need more signage to show continuing trail. Nice beach walk. read more

Hike the Dana Point Headlands

   January, 2014 by mickpee

This has to be one of the best 2-3 mile trails in the country. Views of the ocean, surfers, marine mammals like whales, birds, fauna, the whole thing right on the ocean. I took my lunch and a telescope and made a day of it. Enjoy. read more

Headlands trail in Dana Point

   December, 2013 by danapointpete

For those of us who enjoy a two mile trail near the ocean, this is ideal. Not too challenging. Very beautiful. The Dana Point Headlands is one of my favorite places in California. If you go during the right time, you can see all kind of whales and ...read more