Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Calabasas, California 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.
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.
Super fun hike! Plenty of different trails to split off to if you feel like mixing things up. Recent storms have really done a number on some of the trails however. We tried to get to the M*A*S*H site and were unable to due to flooding and the trails being covered by debris. Other than that, the trail itself is a blast. The Rock Pool area is absolutely gorgeous, and if you're into climbing like we are, it offers plenty of options for bouldering and rope climbing.
This is a gorgeous park. It has enough trails to satisfy all fitness levels. Bring cash to pay for parking.
Will definitely be returning soon! Easy trail but the scenery is great and trail has multiple rock climbing locations. Stepped away from the trail and explored small areas near by. The more you look around the more you find.
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.
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!