Nicholas Flat Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Nicholas Flat Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.2 miles 2129 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Beautiful trail in Leo Carillo State Park that takes you from the beach to the mountains. Nothing too steep or technical, and you'll be rewarded with amazing views. Be sure to check out the wildflowers here when they are in bloom.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. I would rate it as Moderate and not Hard as AllTrails has it rated. The only challenge is the constant upward incline, but it isn't particularly steep and the trail is not technical. Beautiful views and you can go up as far as you want and head back at any time. It is very beautiful in the Spring with lots of wild flowers along the side of the trail. Great workout hike! Amazing views all the way up and also at the top! Park on the street for free or park at Leo Carrillo Beach parking and pay the daily fee.

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this hike! Doesn't get much better then beach to mountains... gained a total of over 2100 feet out and back. Steady incline up. 7.2 miles in 2h40min. The views were spectacular. Mostly cloudy day was perfect for us and the dog. Cool changes in scenery also, wasn't expecting the meadow and although the pond was dry... still an awesome hike!

3 months ago

Excellent trail

4 months ago

Pretty and just the right challenge for us

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, hiked up and ran down

5 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Solid hike. The uphill was a great workout. Worth the drive!

hiking
9 months ago

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!

11 months ago

Very steep trail that offers little breaks. Great views the entire way up and an amazing panoramic view from the top.

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2 years ago

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.

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3 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

Nice views. Lots of ticks. Found two on my legs and brushed them off before they could attach.