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Best Trails in Malibu Creek State Park

97 reviews

#46 of 490 State Parks in California

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Rapid, dramatic geologic changes created the spectacular landscape of Malibu Creek State Park. Its jagged mountains, rock outcroppings, cliff-like slopes and deep gorges were formed over two million years by severe climate changes, earthquakes, erosion and tectonic plate collisions. These forces continue to shape the landscape today. In the early days of the film industry, rugged terrain that could double for far-off locations was difficult to find near Hollywood. Filmmakers transformed this area into exotic locales such as old Mexico, outer space, and an army hospital in Korea. Movies and television shows filmed here include M*A*S*H, The Planet of the Apes, Pleasantville and How Green Was My Valley. The Angeles District Headquarters building here served as the “dream house” in the 1948 classic, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the park features hiking, fishing, bird watching and horseback riding opportunities. There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands on chaparral covered slopes. 23-mile Malibu Creek in the park is the principal watercourse of the Santa Monica Mountains, from Boney Mountain to Malibu Lagoon. The park is open from dawn until dusk. A visitor center is open on weekends only. The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road.

on Las Virgenes Fireroad Tra...
2 days ago

hiking

Hiked to the high point of the Talepop Trail. Can hike this section of trail shade to shade. There are some sunny stretches but on the climb the shady spots are nicely spaced. As usual there is a nice breeze especially through Liberty Canyon and Las Virgenes Canyon.

on Grasslands Trail
9 days ago

hiking

I really liked it! $3 parking for 1hr. Not sure what the longer times cost....
I just walked and followed trails that lead to a dead end with a gate that said no trespassing. I just turned around and went back. I enjoyed it! There's some parts of shade and the creek runs along the path!
Just would like to note that I am a female and I went alone. I have enter been before and although I was scared, I felt safe. There weren't any people and I just kept a look out of my surroundings. I'll be going back!!!

on Malibu Lake Trail
24 days ago

I like this hiking trail , but the lake water was not clean!

on Liberty Canyon Natural Pr...
1 month ago

hiking

Super easy hike very nice for biking if you are into that. even some shade spots to take breaks if you are a beginner. wide trail as well so no need to worry about snakes during the hot months.

on Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve Tra...
1 month ago

mountain biking

Excellent trail, amazing vistas and varied terrain.

on Saddle Peak via the Backb...
2 months ago

hiking

Great early morning hike. Lots of cobwebs and views. Might even see some rock climbers too. Great scenery with all the various rock formations.

on Malibu Lake Trail
2 months ago

hiking

It's a nice place to go hike

on Backbone Trail
3 months ago

on Grasslands Trail
3 months ago

hiking

Hiked the Grasslands Trail to Crags Rd and the visitor center. Came back High Road. Everything has dried up. Malibu Creek only has small pockets of water and the grasslands are all brown. It would have been nice if it had stayed green longer but still a really nice hike.

on Malibu Lake Trail
3 months ago

hiking

It was ok, we were going to the Mash site and actually got a bit bored, but it was a long 6 miles hike, there is one hill that was a bit much but everything else is flat, the water is there but kind of stagnant. But it was a good Sunday afternoon

on Liberty Canyon Natural Pr...
3 months ago

hiking

Still some green in the valleys on this trail. It's pretty much disappeared from the Las Virgenes Highlands and surrounding canyons on the north side of the 101. The green isn't going to last long so hike this trail sooner than later.

on Backbone Trail
4 months ago

Was an amazing hike , beautiful day , liked how it went from fairly moderate to challenging , great cardio workout. Reached the peak and the ocean view was breathtaking...

on Malibu Lake Trail
4 months ago

hiking

Great trail! Not so far from Malibu beach. Good for pets.

on Liberty Canyon Natural Pr...
5 months ago

hiking

I just did the Liberty Canyon Trail hike. I might be a bit generous with a 5 star rating but I'm in a generous mood because the whole of southern California is now so green. There's nothing spectacular about this trail as compared to similar trails in the surrounding area. They all have similar views and they're also very green. This one doesn't seem to get the use that others do so it may be a more tranquil experience. It;s a very easy trail although there isn't much shade. I'd avoid it in the summer months on days when the sun is oppressive.

on Malibu Lake Trail
6 months ago

hiking