27-May-2017: This was Memorial Day long weekend and I had came early home. Ar was playing and G was watching TV. I freshen up and had nice cup of tea and was thinking what to do for the rest of the evening. G suggested we should go out some place. The weather was great, cloudy but not too windy or cold, but just being home from work I was not too enthusiastic to head out, but G and Ar were already getting ready to head out 😀. So I got down to find a nice close by place to go.
G was thinking of going to a park , but I and Ar were for beach. We didn’t want to go to regular beaches so I was looking for different options and found a secret beach, tucked between Monarch and Laguna beach. It’s called 1000 steps beach and looked nice in pics. I may have passed through Pacific coast highway innumerable times but had not seen any trace of this one. Indeed it was a secret beach 😀. So we were even more excited!
We quickly got ready avoiding packing usual stuff to munch on where most of the time goes. It was already 6:00 pm and we wanted to spend sometime there in day light and also as it gets dark it would be cold there. The beach is on PCH, just before Laguna beach just opposite 9th street. We were there in 15 mins and found a street parking just before 8th. As we crossed the signal to the coast side we saw a small entrance, with beach’s name. Its so indiscreet, that’s why we never realized there’s a beach here.
More than the beach, G was thinking more about the 1000 steps in its name😀. As we entered the entrance gate we could see scores of steep steps winding down and we couldn’t even see the ground. We were for some hike here! G started counting the steps as I and Ar also started descending. The steps are steep but on the way down you make quick progress and in some time we could see the sand down below. We were on the beach in 5 mins and G was sad that she lost the count in between, but we were certain the steps are no way close to 1000 in number, so that was comfort thinking we had to climb them on our way back.
The beach was quite nice and was pretty big. There are private residences along the cliff end of the beach. On our right at far distance we could see the Laguna beach and on left at the very end we could see a cave. In front of us there were some rocky patches which were slightly at an height and the waves were skidding it from both sides then curling in before receding giving that patch a feel of an island when the waves came in. We spent long time on the rock and it was great just being there. We got some really nice snaps there. Ar was initially hesitant but once she was on the rock she was quite enjoying it.
We then had nice a stroll down the beach. Ar had some nice time playing in sand. The beach has limited facilities like restroom and shower and the no of people there were less. Nice place to spend some quite evening. As the sun headed towards the horizon, cool breeze had started blowing. Evening Colors were mixing with clouds creating a unforgettable portrait in the sky. The time it seemed had still stood.
We would have liked to stay till sunset, but Ar wanted to head back. As we headed back we could see our island being swallowed by waves! After washing of the sand, we gazed upwards towards the long staircase staring us down, but as all ways were up for the challenge! After initial enthusiasm weared out, the climb was slow, but Ar went all the way to the top nonstop. She won the flag post hands down. The climb was nice exercise for legs. Though there was some disagreement on steps count, I and G agreed that roughly there were around 220-230 steps, though Ar was confident the count was no more than 56😀.
We headed straight to the car. We Re-hydrated, Glucosed, Hopped in the car, I took the U turn, sliding open the sun roof, cool air breezing in, Sun setting behind us, we were headed HOME!
PS: So 1000 steps turned out more of a gimmick, it still is a steep hike, though beach is really nice and we would go back!