Arroyo Sequit Park Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Arroyo Sequit Nature Trail
Take a trip to Arroyo Sequit Park to hike a short loop through a tucked-away pocket of the Santa Monica Mountains, The park is situated along Mulholland Highway inland of Leo Carrillo State Park and below the range's most rugged peaks. The surroundings for this 2.05 miles hike are beautiful. Arroyo Sequit Nature Trail has 285 feet of elevation change, winding over and... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 2, 2017
Nicholas Flat Trail Willow Creek Trail Ocean Vista Hike Malibu Leo Carrillo State Park Scenic Loop hike Santa Monica Mountains
At the west end of Malibu where Mulholland Highway meets PCH, you'll find Leo Carrillo State Park. Well known for its beaches and surfing, this park has offerings for hikers too, like the trek up Nicholas Flat Trail to an oak-wrapped grassland with a small pond, which is 7 miles round trip or more. For a shorter hike, combine the bottom of Nicholas Flat Trail with Willow... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Leo Carrillo State Park · Malibu · Ocean Views · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 2.05 miles · Elevation change: 620 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
Nicholas Flat Trail Hike Malibu Leo Carrillo State Park Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve Santa Monica Mountains California
Nicholas Flat Trail is a three-mile long 'ocean to mountains' trail beginning within Leo Carrillo State Park, just across PCH from a famous beach at the west end of Malibu. The single-track trail travels up a coastal ridge past two vista points (and lots of other ocean views) to reach Nicholas Flat, where grassy meadows are rimmed by oak trees. A small network of trails... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
Malibu Lagoon State Beach Surfer's Express Trail Surfrider Beach Malibu Pier Malibu Creek Estuary Beach Walk Malibu California
Recently restored Malibu Lagoon State Beach is a lovely place to walk around an estuary and stroll along the beach. Take a walking path to overlooks around shorebird-filled wetlands and connect to Surfrider Beach, a world famous point break where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. Sinking your toes in the sand, you can make your way east to Malibu Pier. In all, you'll... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · California State Parks · Malibu · Malibu Lagoon State Beach · Wheelchair-Friendly
Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 10 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
Mesa Peak hike Backbone Trail Mesa Peak Motorway hike Corral Canyon Road ocean view summit Malibu California Corral Canyon Cave Jim Morrison Cave
It is pretty unusual to hike to a peak from a trailhead at a higher elevation. In the case of Mesa Peak, the lofty trailhead along Corral Canyon Road treats hikers to summit-worthy views right from the get-go. While the elevation profile is atypical, the hike along Mesa Peak Motorway to Mesa Peak in Malibu is quite enjoyable. Ocean overlooks appear all along the wide... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
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, stroll around a seasonal pond that was used as a cattle pond when Rocky... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 12, 2017
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: Published: Last updated: April 16, 2017
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.
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Tagged with · Backbone Trail · Malibu · Malibu Creek State Park · Ocean Views · Summits · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 6.5 miles · Elevation change: 1375 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
Charmlee Wilderness Park hiking trail Malibu California Ocean overlook old ranch ruins Charmlee Hike
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 two... Read more.
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Tagged with · Malibu · Ocean Views · Wildflowers · Dog-Friendly Trails · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 3.25 miles · Elevation change: 260 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 10, 2017
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. The waterfall has an easy-to-reach lower tier that is 50 feet tall and a hard-to-reach upper tier that's 150 feet tall and stunning in optimum conditions. This 3.8-mile round trip hike begins with 0.75 miles uphill along Winding Way, a paved road that passes... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 13, 2017

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