Nicholas Flat Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Take the PCH (highway 1) to near the Ventura/LA county boundary, the park entrance is on the mountain side.
Pretty and just the right challenge for us
Great trail, hiked up and ran down
Great to go out early, started trail at 8:30 it was perfect time. incline for approximately an hour be ready total hike is over 6miles. in direct sun but if you leave early Ocean breeze and views are a blessing!
Great trail, gradual incline that makes for a killer workout. From the magnificent aromas to the beautiful meadow at the end, this is a solid trail one of my new favorites.
Solid hike. The uphill was a great workout. Worth the drive!
Steep. Mostly no shade. Nice views and the flat is pretty cool. Not something you'd expect in the middle of the mountain. 7 miles. Not sure where 5.8 comes from!
Very steep trail that offers little breaks. Great views the entire way up and an amazing panoramic view from the top.
We started late, around 11am 1-19-14, We went left at trail head and met up Nicholas trail about 1 mile in. Cliff Unger gave great directions from there. Temps in the mid 80s and no shade until about half way, but then some shade. Meadows were straw and lake was drained, never the less, both the kids I took had a great time hiking and being in a dry lake bed. Kids were 9 and 12 and experienced hikers, may be too much for kids that don't hike much.
Dry and dusty hike. Work is being done around the pond by state crews -- some needed improvements. I spotted deer(2) on the Natural Preserve side and it was much greener on this side with some much appreciated shade.
Hiked on 6/9/12. Cool morning with marine layer; hit trail at 8:30.
The trail starts right near the entrance kiosk to the Leo Carrillo Park/Parking Lot at a trailhead labeled "Camp 13". About 20 yards up the hill is the Trailhead.
We took Willow Creek Trail (to the right) which meets up w Nicholas Flat after about 1 mile. Turn right where these meet.
Then, just cruise up the ridge line another 1.5 miles and you will get to a T. To the right is the highest point of the ridge and great view of the ocean. To the left, you will walk up about 30 yards and hit the trail marker. Go right here.
Then you cruise down through a bunch of brush, tons of flowers, and a big meadow. At the next major T, take the furthest right option which leads down to the Pond.
Great trail for being relatively close to LA/Santa Monica.
Nice views. Lots of ticks. Found two on my legs and brushed them off before they could attach.