Grotto Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Thousand Oaks, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway east to Highway 23 / Westlake Boulevard. Head south on Hwy. 23 to Mulholland Highway. Turn right (west) and proceed to Yerba Buena Road to reach Circle X Ranch. Park at the Ranger Station on Yerba Buena Road and walk down to the Group Campground where trail begins.
This trail is fun and relatively easy. I went with a friend this morning (12/31/2016). We've just had a bunch of rain so everything was very wet still. But we were still able to complete the trail. It's a well marked trail with lots of little off shoots to explore. I highly recommend this hike if you are looking for something secluded and cool. Lots of trees to protect you from the sun on a hot day, but there are also high points with great views! I will definitely go again!
This is an in - out trail. Mostly downhill on the way in so be prepared for a lot of uphill back out. Nice views along the way. Major rock slide at end of trail. I didn't enjoy the drive in to the trail head. Wondered if we would ever get there. Glad we went.
Had a lot of fun. Went past the end of the grotto trail until we were completely off trail. Ended up finding a sign that said "Boundary Line" of the state park. Made it back just before night fall. The actual two small caves were great places to visit. 10/10 would hike again.
Beautiful views, easy trail yet turns and landscape keep it engaging and rewarding. Great for kids, too!
Love the bouldering session at the end! Favorite hike for me and my kids!
Very scenic trail for the area it's in. The drought dried up most of the water so there's not much left once you actually reach the grotto, but it was still an enjoyable hike.
Short but fun. Start by parking at the Circle X Ranch. Then follow the signs down to the trail head. From there it takes you down into the valley below. Once at the area where the grotto is located, it takes some bouldering and climbing to actually get down to the grotto. You can make this hike as short or as long as you want. It all depends on how much exploring you feel up to doing. There was some stagnant water still down at the bottom. You can see newts and minnows. It was quite and lots of birds. Beware, just off trail there was quite a bit of poison oak. Remember: avoid leaves of three. For the most part the hike is in the shade. Overall I would consider this a pretty easy hike. As always, have fun and be safe!
great hike. it was upper 90s on Sunday but the shaded trail made it fantastic.
Shaded for the most part, good excercise, very cool to Boulder on.