This is a loop trail...but the map is wrong at the highway part - one does not need to get on the highway in order to get back on the main parking lot.
Mottroad is shown on the map and it should be taken instead of highway but if not careful enough you might miss it; the road adjacent to the right of Mottroad can be taken as well..
Once you reach the highway one only has to cross bridge over that DWP creek then make a left thru a parking lot - cross the parking lot and trail can be seen right away - is gated by wooden beams...
It was the longest and best hike I have done so far.
I did with 4 of my friends and total miles hiked was about 19. We met some of the nicest people and a true gentleman in every way, who helped us when we got to the caves. I honestly didn't think there were any more real good men left in this world. His wife and his mother would be so proud , plus he was VERY HANDSOME !!!
The views were amazing, the cave's were an unexpected surprise.
The 6 mile hike all Up up up up was strenuous but well worth it. What an amazing world we live in.!!!
First time visiting this loop, did it as part of a training run for the Bulldog 25k trail race. Started off at Malibu Creek State Park (mile 0) and went counter clockwise direction on the loop. About 2.3 miles into the run we ran into the MASH site, kinda cool place to visit and take pictures of some of the leftovers from when they filmed the movie and TV series decades ago. Just before mile 3 the trail starts climbing up fairly steeply and doesn't seem to stop until about mile 6. Then it descends for about a mile when it reaches a trailhead parking lot. Good place to stop and take a breather as the trail starts climbing again through some interesting landscape. The rocks make it look like it's some alien landscape but it's Malibu. About 2.5 miles of up and down running we then hit a good descent, a drop of about 1000' in 1.3 miles. We crossed over a small creek and then took a different trail than the one shown here to get back to Malibu Creek State Park, opting to not go on Las Virgenes. Very difficult running for me and probably for a lot of people, but the challenge is worth the scenery. Make sure you bring lots of liquid, especially if you go during the summertime like I did.
Waylon T. on Bulldog Loop Trail
A lot of steep climbing, about 6+ miles worth, the elevation seems to be incorrect, strava clocked me at 3039' of elevation. Exposed in the sun almost the whole time (as its a lot of fire roads) so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Amazing views of the canyons and ocean!!
This is a nice hike, particularly on a day that is not too hot. It's mostly in the sun and the only difficult part is up Bulldog, which is a steep fireroad which never seems to end and is covered with MTBers flying down. So keep your head up. Other than that section, the rest is very pleasant and alternates between trail and fireroad. On a clear day, the ocean views and sandstone formations are gorgeous. If it's a sunny day, I recommend starting as close to Bulldog as you can, so you get that part done with before the day gets too hot. We finished in just under 6 hours taking about 3 breaks.
I've acually been too that trail befor with a class from school.
I just remember how Georice it was. It splits between Georice and spacatuler.
First half of the walk its a bit steep, but once u get up to the top, it's all flat. The trail splites into two, the long way or the up way, our class did the up trail, and even that was a bit nasty, it had scrabbled of leaves and thick steams and pepples, but not to bad.
There was this great swimming pool that u could swim in, and it was Georice.
I had the best experience ever
Trail was amazing. I entered from the Puerco Rd off PCH and was a bit uneasy as the trail just went up and up and up. Like the others I was expecting a loop trail but did not find it. I stayed on the fire road throughout so maybe the loop part is covered somewhere. When I hit Coral Canyon Rd I decided to make it a loop by following the road back down. I felt a little lost as there was very little traffic and at times I felt I was walking in the wrong direction to get back to my truck. I ended up by Solstice Canyon and following PCH back to Puerco Rd and my truck. Took just under 5 hours and was worth every minute.
I give it a 4 out of 5 simply because it was a fire road through most of the trail.
Heads up...there is absolutely NO shade on this trail. Bring lots of water and wear a hat.
Oh I loved it. Granted I was really expecting loop like and you can probably do it if you go rights instead of lefts.
Either way though great trail and the rocks at the end (or beginning depending where you start from) is quite rewarding to climb and look over the whole area.
Next time I am taking my mountain bike. :)
Started at Malibu Creek State Park
Passed Mash site
Went to top of Bulldog
Went to the Corral Canyon parking lot then turned around back to Malibu Creek SP
Great ride, the climb up Bulldog is challenging. There is a connector to Backbone from the Corral Cyn lot that would make for an amazing ride. Park one car at Backbone off Kanan and start at Malibu Creek State Park
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