Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails

MODERATE 37 reviews

Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Calabasas, CA that features a lake 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.

5.7 miles 249 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Lovely walk down oak shaded lane, a stunning rock pool with vertical walls of volcanic rock, and a picturesque lake pretty enough for a calendar. An easy hike with lots of variety. At the Rock Pool, watch rock climbers attempt to scale the Planet of the Apes wall, were the movie of the same names was filmed. When you reach Century lake, make sure to take the path down to the lake, its a truly spectacular place to stop for a picnic. Those with more energy can continue on several miles past Century lake to the site of the old M.A.S.H television series.

hiking
16 days ago

I loved this! The Rock Pool was beautiful and yes, the water is safe to swim in. I went on a weekday, so the trail wasn't too heavily trafficked-neither was the Rock Pool. The trailhead I started from was on Mullhulland and across the street from the King Gillette Ranch. I did not have to pay for parking, nor did I even see a parking lot that charged.
The Rock Pool was hard to find, we actually ended up hiking 1.5 miles to Century Lake (at least I think It was Century Lake), and 1.5miles back (3 miles out of the way). So here is a tip for anyone hiking to the Rock Pool. If you took the same trailhead I did, you will come to a clearing that has three large porto-potties. Do not cross the bridge, and do not go to the right, walk straight past the porto-potties. You will come to another fork, do not go to the right, which leads up a slope,if you go up the slope you are going the wrong way! Anyways, hopefully that makes sense, cause the Rock Pool Rules. Going to try to go again next warm day.

hiking
2 months ago

The rock pool was so much fun but a little hard to find. The hike to century lake was really pretty and well worth it. If you dont want to pay the 12$ for parking you can park a tiny but up the road where a man is selling strawberries and cherries on Mulholland!

3 months ago

Amazing! Saw the MASH Truck, and went to 2 different spots where there is water pools, one of which we met some people jumping off the rocks into the water. Such a rewarding hike. Highly recommend it

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Awesome :) careful though saw some young girl get airlifted out because she broke her leg. They looked like high school student who didn't know any better. They went off coarse into a dangerous area. Other than that the trail is safe and relaxing not too difficult.

3 months ago

4 months ago

One of the best cliff jumping spots near LA

hiking
4 months ago

The downside is the heavy traffic on the main trails. But....if you head up and out on the less traveler trails the views are terrific and you find yourself mostly alone.
The rock climbing is great for those of us who are not real climbers yet. The rock pools were crowded on the shores but the crisp water, climbing rocks, and great jumps were worth maneuvering through all the watchers on the shores. Will go back to do more with an early start next time.

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

It was really cool! We went off trail because the normal trail is very easy. A lot to do and see and the water is amazing!

5 months ago

Great for taking kids. Easy and fun.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and super lush after the last rain. I've never seen this place so green! The most beautiful I've seen this place!

hiking
8 months ago

rock climbing
8 months ago

Went the back way over the dam again. There was way more running water along the trail than I've seen in the last 3 years. Water levels can make the trail slightly trey tepid at times but shouldn't be a problem for the experienced hiker/climber. I do this trail often, always a great time to be had, always a slightly different path. Good luck!

hiking
8 months ago

My original idea was to do the just the M.A.S.H. filming location hike and it was completed but with a couple detours. We started at the Grassland trailhead, headed straight to the M.A.S.H site there is a nice picnic area with shade. We hiked a little farther to see what the reagan ranch but I don't think we really knew what we where looking at.... no clear signage. Coming back we stopped by Century Dam and the Rock Pool. We turned the hike into a 11 mile venture and had an easy time adding to the trail. Also went up to another trail that went back to Mulholland highway but it was kinda lame and uneventful. Overall a B+ it was very fun outing

rock climbing
8 months ago

Go the back route over the dam, much more enjoyable than going through the rock pools first.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Trails are not well marked in Malibu Creek State Park. I needed to check my map to get here. It was gorgeous but crowded mid afternoon. I'd definitely go back much earlier in the day.