Rocky Oaks Park hike Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Pond Trail Rocky Oaks Loop Trail Malibu California hiking
Good things do come in small packages, like Rocky Oaks, one of the tinier parcels in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park covers less than 200 acres, but a collection of interwoven trails allow visitors to hike about 2 miles in this park. For a short and level half-mile loop, you can stroll around a seasonal pond that was used as a cattle pond... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: November 23, 2013
Malibu Springs Trail to Nicholas Flat Malibu California hike Santa Monica Mountains Leo Carrillo State Park Mulholland Highway hike to Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve
Near the west end of Mulholland Highway north of Leo Carrillo State Park, you will find an almost hidden trailhead for Malibu Springs Trail. This spring-loaded single track is faint and overgrown in areas, providing a sense of adventure as you take in fantastic views of the highest peaks Santa Monica Mountains. At the end of an arduous climb, you will drop down to... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 4, 2013
Mesa Peak hike Backbone Trail Piuma Trailhead Malibu Creek State Park hike Tapia Park ocean view summit Malibu California
A mesa is defined as a flat-topped hill with steep sides. A peak is defined as the pointed top of a mountain. Put these contradictions together and you get a subtle summit with substantial ocean views. This short perch on a mesa-like ridge behind Pepperdine University in Malibu delivers panoramic views over the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The hike to Mesa Peak... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 4, 2013
Charmlee Wilderness Park hiking trail Malibu California Ocean overlook old ranch ruins
Charmlee Wilderness Park is perched on a bluff overlooking Malibu's alluring coast. Operated by the city of Malibu, this 590-acre regional park has eight miles of interwoven trails, making it easy to "build your own" hike between two to four miles, easy to moderate. In spring, Charmlee puts on a champion's display of wildflowers. The ocean views are a knockout!The... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 4, 2013
Escondido Falls hiking trail in Malibu Winding Way directions photos pictures and map Escondido Canyon Waterfall
When Escondido Falls is flowing strong, it is flat out one of the finest waterfalls around Los Angeles.This 3.8-mile round trip hike begins with 0.75 miles uphill along Winding Way, a paved road that passes extravagant Malibu residences. Do not let the blacktop deter you. The waterfall is well worth the unconventional start. After gaining 200 feet, the road heads... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 27, 2014
Point Dume Natural Preserve Malibu California Overlook Point Dume State Preserve Malibu California hiking trail beach hike to Paradise Cove Pier
If you have driven through Malibu on PCH, then you have seen Point Dume, a dome-shaped promontory jutting into the Pacific at the northwest end of Santa Monica Bay. The point is surrounded by picturesque white sand beaches and sparking blue water. The headland is protected by Point Dume Natural Preserve, a California State Park. A mile of trails on Point Dume's bluffs... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: November 22, 2013
Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop Point Mugu State Park Malibu Los Angeles California hiking trail Big Sycamore Canyon
Point Mugu State Park preserves a stunningly picturesque portion of the Santa Monica Mountains at the west end of Malibu. When you see park trails with names like Scenic Trail and Overlook Trail, you anticipate first class ocean views. Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop delivers the goods! This 2.7-mile hike climbs 450 feet to tremendous vistas atop a ridge west of Big... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 4, 2013
Tuna Canyon Park Santa Monica Mountains Conservency Malibu Topanga California hiking trail Big Rock Lateral Hearst Tank Motorway Pacific Ocean view
Tuna Canyon Park preserves 1,255 beautiful acres in the mountains between Topanga and Malibu. Despite being relatively unknown and under-visited, the park delivers some of the grandest ocean views to be found anywhere in the Santa Monica Mountains. From ridges 1,500 feet above a silken Pacific Ocean, Tuna Canyon Park looks east toward Santa Monica Bay and west up the... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: November 22, 2013
Mugu Peak Trail Point Mugu State Park hike malibu ocean view santa monica mountains trek
Just inland from that similarly named point along the California coast, Mugu Peak towers over the Pacific Ocean from an elevation of 1,266 feet. The hike from the bottom of nearby La Jolla Canyon to the top of Mugu Peak is 6.5 miles round trip with 1,250 feet of elevation gain. This is a strenuous trek, rewarded by ridiculous scenery. There is also a longer way to reach... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 3, 2013
La Jolla Canyon Falls hike Point Mugu State Park La Jolla Canyon Malibu California Pacific Ocean Santa Monica Mountains waterfall trek
La Jolla Canyon Falls is a short seasonal waterfall located 3/4 of a mile up La Jolla Canyon Trail in Point Mugu State Park. The twenty-foot cascade offers one of the easiest hikes in the park, with just 250 feet of elevation between the trailhead and the falls. La Jolla Canyon Trail continues above the waterfall, ascending a rocky V-shaped canyon. If you choose to hike... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 27, 2014

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