Zuma Canyon Loop Trail is a 10.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Agoura Hills, CA: Take US 101 / Ventura Freeway to Kanan Road. Head south on Kanan Road to reach Zuma / Trancas Canyons.
I loved the trail ... but the trail to do the loop is not well marked. The first time we went clockwise and ended up on the wrong trail and hikes 17+ mi. The second time we went counter clockwise and only had a small misstep and ended up hiking 14 mi ... great views though the hike back will be in full sun so bring water and start early.
• Great workout, the second big uphill climb kicked my butt a little in the full sun and heat - so bring lots of water
• if you start early like 7 or 8am you'll get a lot more morning shade to rest in but there's a lot more marine layer and cloud obscuring your view. Even starting at 9am, I think some of the "amazing" views were obscured
• to be honest, there are better views of the ocean from other hikes - you see a lot of houses and land first so it's not that great
• back end of the hike there's horses and poop from a horse tours ranch in the valley but it's not as bad as say, Will Rogers state park
Awesome hike. I am glad we went clockwise.
This is an amazing trail. The views, especially on a clear day are just gorgeous! You can see the ocean, the mountains and you just feel like you are in another place.
The trail itself can be made as long or as short as you'd like. The Zuma Canyon loop is easy and you are in and out. But you can connect to other trails that make it worthwhile.
There isn't a lot of shade on this trail, so be sure to go early before it gets too warm.
We took our dog, dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash.