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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 Backbone Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Very challenging hike but worth it!

mountain biking
14 days ago

Some nice little hills, cool ride to Malibu Lake... Or almost to it, you can't go all the way.

Hiked the first three miles and back
Mostly fire road
Moderately trafficked
Picnic table with spectacular view at top
Mostly ridge hike
Not much shade
No water
Steep ascent
Strenuous for less experienced hiker
Pay $12 (card only) to park at trail head
Toilet at trail head

There is a small creek resivoir which is accessible but the Malibu lake is actually a closed private community so you can't even get there and they fail to mention that. After 3 miles of hiking we found out that we can't even get there.

Great trail

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

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.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Excellent trail, amazing vistas and varied terrain.

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

hiking
3 months ago

It's a nice place to go hike

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

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.

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...