2021-Jan: Dana Point Cave-Low Tide at sunset/Level 1+/Slow Pace

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2021-Jan: Dana Point Cave-Low Tide at sunset/Level 1+/Slow Pace

MEET at THE SIGN “OCEAN INSTITUTE” BY THE RESTROOM in the parking lot, not near the building Ocean Institute. We then will walk to the covered stairs between the tide pools and Ocean Institute building together.

If you haven’t been to this area, please read more info from “Ocean Institute’s website (http://www.ocean-institute.org/programs/directions.html)” and map out your direction before hand besides using your GPS.

General Rating/Difficulty: Level 1+ (Slow Pace) for rocky trail. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels

SUNSET IS 5:05 PM. Low tide is at 3:50 PM (-1.6) This fun short hike is best during Winter months when we have low tide at sunset time.
On 2014 New Year Day http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/19322542/321438782/, the group had gone passed the main cave (low tide -1.7). We hope to make it this time as well. After the first cave, it is a wondrous place to meditate with its surf reverberations and to watch the sunset. Whereas the main cave is big and easy to access, the next cave is harder to reach to if it’s higher tide. The end of the route will lead us to Strand Beach.

Photos from past events:
Jan 2020 https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/30669564/488147211/
New Year 2017 photos (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/27518068/),
Xmas 2015 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/26633434/445504378/); December 2014 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/25810249/)
Feb 2014 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/20060652/432310347/)
New Year Day 2014 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/19322542/321438782/)
Feb 10, 2013 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/13091842/203968452/)
Feb 9, 2013 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/13064152/203911992/)

Hikers are welcome who wish to go only up to the main cave. A straight shot to the main cave requires little more than a 20-minute walk and a tiny bit of scampering, after which we will break for tide pooling, hidden cave exploring, and meditating, but with the main cave as home base.

Best for exploring the nearby tide pools are hiking boots with ankle protection that you will get wet. Bring a windbreaker and flashlight for the hike back– just to be safe.

Safety note: At low tide, rocks are slick as snot. Don’t step on top of them; step between them (hence the need for ankle protection). And look to see whom you’re stepping on — sand and eel grass are OK, anemones and live shells are not so OK, we hurt them. Collect only pictures.


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January 13 2021


Date: January 13
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629 US

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