La Jolla Valley Loop

MODERATE 4 reviews
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La Jolla Valley Loop is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

6.7 miles 1158 feet Loop



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers


no dogs

1 year ago

The first 1.25 miles of the trail are closed, as of Jan. 2015. You can still use the 2.7 mile Ray Miller trail, which connects to the Overlook Trail that runs parallel to sycamore canyon trail. Elevation gets up to about 1200 feet. Beautiful views from the top. I kept going about another 2.5 miles north on the Overlook Trail to some water tanks, and could see some joggers down in La Jolla Canyon to the left... Not sure if the used the closed trail or got there another way.
Ray Miller trail is pretty popular - lots of hikers and joggers, as it's a steady climb, not super steep.

3 years ago

Started out at the La Jolla Canyon Trailhead, parking for free on PCH on a nice december afternoon. Planned to hike out the canyon trail then take the left side of the loop trail for a 9mi loop with 2000' of vertical (per my Garmin 450t) as a fast afternoon hike/jog. The canyon trail was amazing with some very steep switchbacks and some cool rocks to be found along the way. After exiting the canyon, the winds picked up, making for a very chilly run on the plateau. Most of this area was burned in the recent Springs Fire but it is starting to grow back with evidence of new wild roses and everyone's favorite poison oak budding. Overall it was a nice afternoon hike/run :)

5 years ago

My first time during this hike. The trails were easy to follow and you can make the hike as long as you want. The views of the ocean were great. After the hike, you can have lunch on the beach. One of my best hikes so far.

5 years ago

First time i hiked this trail was last summer in July, well it was a nice trail, but the camps where trashed & had bee hives every where, it was my girls first multi day hike and well for her it was not so good, we ran out of water on the Hike in, (we did not bring extra water because the ranger told us there was water in the camps), lucky we where able to filter some water from the Pound.......I later hike this trail in spring and it was beautiful the creek was flowing, and wild life was every where,,, any ways lesson learned bring in extra water if you are in for a day or two