EveryTrail is now a part of AllTrails! Please click here to read more.

Malibu Lake Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
#1 of 14 trails in

Malibu Lake Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Calabasas, CA that features a river 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.

6.0 miles 252 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Some of the highlights along Malibu Creek, in central Malibu Creek State Park. Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling 10,000 acre park that protects 25-mile long Malibu Creek, the largest watershed in the Santa Monica Mountains. The creek itself is somewhat unusual in that it has cut a path through hard volcanic rock instead of the softer sedimentary rocks north of the Goat Buttes, which makes for some spectacular scenery during any time of the year. More than 30 miles of trails and fire roads are available throughout the park for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. There are also a few areas to swim and fish, and many rock climbers also practice their craft here. The area used to be a country club, and some of the buildings and landscaping from that era remains to this day - including the Visitor Center and Century Lake - originally built as a recreational lake and now a unique freshwater marsh that provides a stop-over for migratory birds in the winter. The park has also been home to filmmakers over the years. Movies like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Planet of the Apes," and the television show "M*A*S*H" were all shot here - and several setpieces from M*A*S*H are still here. This route follows the namesake of the park as it meanders through several areas of spectacular scenery. This is an outstanding example of Southern California terrain that's definitely not to be missed.


28 days ago

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


1 month ago


2 months ago

hiking

It's a nice place to go hike


3 months ago

hiking

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


5 months ago

hiking

Great trail! Not so far from Malibu beach. Good for pets.


5 months ago


6 months ago


6 months ago

hiking


6 months ago

hiking


7 months ago

hiking


7 months ago

hiking


7 months ago


8 months ago

This hike can be as long or short as well as easy or hard. A great hike from beginning to end, we hike to the mash site and pass on down to the dam and then when we hike back we hike century dam trail which is really awesome with shade from the trees and the lake which usually has ducks and sometimes turtles. One of my favorites :-)


8 months ago

hiking


10 months ago

Another fun trail like heading up Mush trail.


10 months ago

hiking


11 months ago

hiking

I have approached Crags Rd from both the Grasslands Trail and Cistern Trail. It's a very nice road for hiking. At this point I'd say the MASH site is the best feature along the trail but then I'm of an age that I watched the original broadcasts of MASH. I haven't been in the Visitor's Center for over a decade but at that time it was a worthwhile stop and may still be. The easier approach is the Grasslands Trail. The Cistern/Lookout Trail has really great views but hiking out is taxing. It isn't that it climbs that much, about 450 ft, it just does it over a very short distance. When you encounter steps on a trail you know there's a significant grade. If you can leave a car at the Grasslands Trailhead and take another car to the Cistern Trailhead, you could walk down the scenic Cistern/Lookout Trails and exit the easier Grasslands Trail. Its about a 4.5 mile hike if you enter by the Cistern Trail, go to the MASH site, backtrack to the Visitors Center, and then exit the Grasslands Trail.


1 year ago

I loved that this was a long hike. Going through the State Park Main Entrance requires a parking fee of $12. We opted to park on the street and walked an extra 15 minutes, but that is the whole point of hiking during weekends.
We saw the Mash Site. There were a lot of friendly trail bikers and trail runners. There are a few trails to explore. Almost every site is photo worthy. We saw some dogs both leashed and unleashed. A few hikers had toddlers on their backs. I can definitely go back here!


1 year ago

beautiful trail, the MASH site was very cool. lots of shade, so a good choice on a hot summer day.


1 year ago

Mostly an easy trail, it gets very crowded in the weekends.