Leo Carrillo State Park, located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the PCH, has 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kiting, surf fishing and beachcombing. The beach also has tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking. Nature walks and campfire programs are offered and a small Visitor Center has interpretive displays. During the summer, children's programs are available. The park was named after Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), actor, preservationist and conservationist. Leo Carrillo served on the California Beach and Parks commission for eighteen years, and was instrumental in the state's acquisition of the Hearst property at San Simeon. He was related by blood and marriage to a long line of distinguished original Californians. Leo's greatest fame came from his portrayal of Pancho, the sidekick to Duncan Renaldo's Cisco Kid, an early 1950s TV series.

Excellent trail

Pretty and just the right challenge for us

3 months ago

Great trail, hiked up and ran down

on Nicholas Flat Trail

3 months ago

Great to go out early, started trail at 8:30 it was perfect time. incline for approximately an hour be ready total hike is over 6miles. in direct sun but if you leave early Ocean breeze and views are a blessing!

6 months ago

Great trail, gradual incline that makes for a killer workout. From the magnificent aromas to the beautiful meadow at the end, this is a solid trail one of my new favorites.

Solid hike. The uphill was a great workout. Worth the drive!

Steep. Mostly no shade. Nice views and the flat is pretty cool. Not something you'd expect in the middle of the mountain. 7 miles. Not sure where 5.8 comes from!

Very steep trail that offers little breaks. Great views the entire way up and an amazing panoramic view from the top.

Great quick sunset family hike! I did this with my family last Sat (11/21/15) we did not complete the entire trail only got to the top of the first mountain, but I was absolutely GORGEOUS! The views were amazing specially with the sun coming down and disappearing in the ocean. The trail is in good condition, well kept and safe for kids. I though we were going to do the Leo Carrillo Trail, but we end up in the Nicholas Flat Trail, lol how ever we had a great time & we're looking forward to go back and even camp there sometime :)

11 months ago

2 years ago

great camping for families with access to beach. nice tide pools for the kids. a little scrambling for the young'ns makes this a great weekend.

We started late, around 11am 1-19-14, We went left at trail head and met up Nicholas trail about 1 mile in. Cliff Unger gave great directions from there. Temps in the mid 80s and no shade until about half way, but then some shade. Meadows were straw and lake was drained, never the less, both the kids I took had a great time hiking and being in a dry lake bed. Kids were 9 and 12 and experienced hikers, may be too much for kids that don't hike much.

There is a mobile trailer park for Leo Cabrillo Beach, a small visitors center, as well as the trailhead for numerous paths above PCH highway. I avoided the parking fee by leaving my car on PCH headed east. The fog had lifted by 8 AM on this section of Malibu but remained over the eastern section near Kanan Road. The rock out-cropping's into the ocean provide scenic viewpoints for photographing birds, fisherman, and occasional surfers. The ascent and descent from the oceanside hill is not very dramatic but it's good exercise for moderate hikers and safe for children.

3 years ago

Park on PCH to avoid the fee! Try to time the hike at low tide and then you can explore the sea cave, seaside rocks and tide pools. The beach has a very different feel from the south bay (Torrance, Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan, etc.) beaches that I more frequently visit. Nice place for a family day of exploration. 5.55 out of 10.

rock climbing
4 years ago

$ 12 day parking pass. This was perfect to spend the morning out in Malibu. We got there late which was 10 am & there were very few people around. It was great, one minute we're walking on the beach, the next minute we came across huge rocks/boulders on the beach, so either A) go all the way back & around to get to other side & continue on beach or B) just climb up & over the rocks which is more fun or C) swim out & around the rocks. There's a cool cave walk thru open on both ends, about 20 ft long.

4 years ago

Dry and dusty hike. Work is being done around the pond by state crews -- some needed improvements. I spotted deer(2) on the Natural Preserve side and it was much greener on this side with some much appreciated shade.