Once again it's time for a special short journey around Dana Point. This favorite hike starts at the Dana Point Library where I can usually find parking nearby on the street. From here I walk across Pacific Coast Highway and enter a public gate that allows entry onto the Ritz Carlton property. A short walk and you are on the path in front of the hotel with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean - continue down the path to the Salt Creek Beach Dana Point. This is great because it offers a beach walk either direction for variety and is especially good at low tide. There are always some surfers(not sure when they work or attend school) and an occasional boat and a view of Catalina Island in the distance.
HOMES ALONG THE WAY
This is one of the few times I am impressed with the lawmakers of California because the hotels and expensive homes that have been built on the ocean were required by law to allow for public entrances and usage.
This area like so many around this area is quiet and peaceful with very few people around. I expect it's different during the summer but for a winter retreat this area rocks. Of course, I haven't commented about the weather but for me it's perfect because it's never too hot and hardly a day goes by when you can't go for a great hike (not to say anything about the sunshine that is almost inevitable).