Saturday, March 29, 2014

Goff Island

Hiked: 3/29/2014
Distance: 1.4 miles round trip on beach
Summit Elevation: 42'
Elevation Gain: 210'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0.16
Round trip time: 40 minutes
Recommended water: 0 oz.
Parking/Fees: $3 OC Parks at Aliso Creek Beach
Difficulty: Easy

Goff Island is a landmark in Laguna Beach below the Montage Resort. It is rock formation that juts 42' above sea level. During high tides, water surrounds it, making it a temporary island, but most of the time you can make it to the island without getting wet. There is limited parking near the Montage, so I decided to make it a longer trek by starting from Aliso Creek Beach. Also, the parking was easier. It was a rare treat to drag my wife along with me on this one. When the kids are older, I hope to drag her out on bigger adventures.

From the Aliso Creek Beach parking lot, it is about 0.7 miles north to Goff Island. You pass over Treasure Island Beach, up a ramp to the sidewalk in front of the Montage, then down some wooden stairs to Goff Cove. There were quite a few skim boarders out this morning, making good use of the nice weather. Despite the warning signs of danger, I made the easy scramble to the top of Goff Island in a few seconds. It can be climbed from almost any direction. I did my best Jesus pose, then took some shots from the south side where a natural jetty extends into the ocean.

Leisa on the beach, Goff Island in the distance

On the sidewalk in front of the Montage

Heading down the stairs to Goff Cove

Leisa at Goff Island

Hazardous area, climbing prohibited

Jesus Christ pose, after the short climb

The natural jetty at the end of Goff Island

Looking down on Goff Cove

Panorama from the south end

Bear guarding a multimillion dollar beach mansion on Treasure Island

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