Ocean View Trail and Canyon View Trail

EASY 12 reviews
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Ocean View Trail and Canyon View Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles 1069 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers


over grown

Rocky cascades, bedrock pools, rich geological formations, seasonal waterfalls This is a stunning adventure hike with swimming holes, rocky cascades, wonderful geologic formations and car-size boulders to negotiate around. This hike is at it loveliest after it rains, although also at its most challenging. The route follows the wooded flood plain near the coast, up through lower Zuma Canyon, bushwacking through the narrows, past the Edison fire road, eventually hitting a junction with Newton Canyon. The final half mile of the hike includes 3 seasonal waterfalls including the 40 ft Newton Falls and the lovely lower Zuma Falls (up a short side trail).

1 month ago

Awesome hike, it was a very clear sunny day = hot, had dog he did great although he did consume two water bottles himself. iphone registered 4.2 miles and 43 flights of stairs.

4 months ago

Awesome hike!

5 months ago

wild, raw, undeveloped. only recommended for serious hikers. i felt like a spider terminator

6 months ago

It was more rigorous than expected, but a great work out with views of the ocean and many wild flowers.

6 months ago

Beautiful and scenic, the initial uphill is steady and steep but well worth the climb. The trail is very rutted and required us to walk on the sides. Despite that, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a pleasant 2 hour hike.

9 months ago

After the first rains of the new year the trails was hard to find and overgrown. We weren't able to find Newton falls but after being forced to turn back we made our way up ocean view trail, which was extremely muddy and hard to climb but offered gorgeous views of the surrounding hills all the way out to the ocean. Would totally recommend the trail up to ocean view if the trail wasn't as muddy.

9 months ago

Trail is washed out and overgrown. Couldn't make it to the falls, turned around and headed to ocean view trail. Treacherous bush wacking as of now, would not recommend.

1 year ago

Given it 3 stars only because right now unfortunately the river/stream is dried. Obviously with the CA drought this site is water ridden. It's pretty easy hike up until the waterfall (or the place where there should be a water fall.

2 years ago

2 years ago

up up up and away

trail running
3 years ago

Wonderful Rainy day Hike :-) my first, 5hrs. in the Rain. We really enjoyed our private "Rain forest" the rain, made the trail seem so different. The droplets of rain from the Trees, the sweet smell of fresh, it felt like we were the only two humans alive :-)

It was so quiet & peaceful, in a very quiet moment, we even saw 3 Deer, they traveled beside us for awhile among the Trees, as we Hiked along. We ran to keep warm at times, and it was slippery at times, but great FUN, can't wait to go again.....go play in the Rain :-)

4 years ago

I just got back from this hike. It's rough because there isn't a marked trail...you basically get to the waterfall whichever way you can. After 3.5 miles of wading through water, climbing boulders and avoiding an infestation of Poison Oak, I came to the fire trail and instead of taking a right...I took a left.

I've got blisters, achy muscles and a nice sunburn but it was all worth it!!

It's an amazing workout and freakin' fun!