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Amazing views from the canyon! Wild flowers along the trail in mid April.

walking
2 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike! We arrived around 7:50am, which was perfect for parking. The scenery was incredible and there were a couple of challenging moments but overall pretty easy and chill. To be honest, we were a bit confused at certain forks in the trail, but that’s just because it was our first time. Will definitely return!

The was a beautiful hike. I loved being able to enjoy both the mountains and the water, the view was gorgeous the entire hike! Bonus-looking at the ruins of the old mansion that was burned down during fires and a small waterfall. We saw a lovely group of deer up on the mountains which was a pleasant surprise! Will definitely go back again! Moderate Hike with some steady inclines (we did the loop).

Very beautiful and scenic trail in Malibu. Parking is really hard to find in the designated trail parking area. However, you can find “precarious parking” just 2-3 minutes from the trail entrance. If you want to park “precariously”, don’t enter the road that leads to the initial parking. Continue going up on the road you entered from the Pacific Coast Highway. Other than parking, this is a beautiful and relaxing hike. Not intense at all. The Rising Sun trail does have a pretty steep incline, but definitely doable.

Take the alternative loop back instead of simply turning around at the waterfall. It’s a challenge but you WON’T regret it! The views are incredible. Be on the lookout as this is a natural reserve and rattlesnakes (as well as others) reside here.

i really like this trail. But I was little disappointed notbe able to find the loop. when I started i went to the right is there another way to go??

Beautiful and relaxing. It’s definitely an easy hike. Great for kids and dog friendly. Saw a couple of quails running on the trail for a while. So close to Malibu Seafood for after hike lunch.

I'm new to hiking and did this trail. Was a bit harder than expected but certainly worth it. This time of year, it is great, cool and green, with excellent views. I was happy I completed, next time I'll do with my backpack with some weight to it.

hiking
22 days ago

Loved the hike for the most part, but if you are afraid of heights this is not for you. I don't know exactly what my problem was (vertigo), but certain parts were extremely anxiety provoking & had me hugging the ground. I stopped right before the last treacherous rock climbing section & did not make it to the top. I felt like a complete dork, but on the plus side I'm alive!!! lol. 5-star rating for the young who were climbing up like billygoats & I'm sure the view is out of this world.

Beautiful! Perfect hike for kids, waterfall and old mansion at the end are great motivation for little hikers!

Great 5 ml trail good for running & walking.

Awesome day hiking. loved it.

I'd recommend this hike if you're a local. Endless rolling hills are beautiful, but beyond that it's kind of a boring trail. I did this hike in the summer though, I'm sure it's more scenic in the spring when everything's blooming.

Beautiful trail with a major incline. One side of the mountain is steep and one side has a series of switchbacks a small year round creak flows in the canyon below. Hike it in the cool months between March and May and you will see miles of rare California green and lots of wild flowers making they’re brief appearance for the year. Highly recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

I went on this hike to find the steam shovel. I asked a lot of people and no one knew what I was talking about when I would stop them to ask for directions, but thanks to a group of people that I ran into. They knew exactly where it was at and told me how to get there. From the beginning you hike 2.7 miles. So about 700 feet after you cross the creek for the 3rd time. Right at 2.7 you will see a small trail that is 12 inches wide on the left. Take that up for 1.8 and make sure to take water because that 1.8 is all incline, but it is not too bad. A kid can do it and so can a dog or you can even mountain bike it.

The view from the top of the ocean was breathtaking!!

Lovely trail when I want a quick hike close to home. Great views from the top. If you go in the morning the trail is mostly shaded by the mountain itself. Watch out for bikers! They're common, and come down the trail pretty fast.

More difficult than moderate, I would say, but a lot of fun if you're up for steep climbs and rugged trail. Bring extra water, and go in winter or spring if possible (due to heat). Start early. My brother and I are experienced hikers, we hiked this with no prior knowledge of it and were pleasantly exhausted and sore at the end of the day. We got some great photos at the top. It has become one of our favorite hikes together.

Loved the views from the top. A bit steep, be sure to wear proper footwear with good tread.

hiking
1 month ago

China Flat semi loop w/Semi Peak. 6.1 mi total. Started 1400 King James Court and went up China Flat trail, then to Simi Peak trail. On the way back we to took Suicide Trail back to China Flat. It was a sunny but really nice day. Not too warm and every once in a while got just a tad chilly. But really it was perfect. This would be really tough on a hot day, there is just a couple of small spots with shade. Beautiful views.We were able to see mountain tops with snow (one of which should be Mt. Baldy but i can't tell) and also channel islands.

very good hike. stars easy but if doing the whole loop it will be challenging...cool pictures spots n ocean view

hiking
1 month ago

I can't tell how much I like this hike. haha. We started around 2:30p. Parked in the first lot outside the gates, just in case we didn't make it back by sunset (they lock the gate at sunset). Did this counter clockwise. It's like you're somewhere else for the first portion. Lots of shade, large rocks, and a stream. Very nice and cool - Up through about the 2mi mark from the gate. Once you get to the top, there is a cool tree laying on it's side and a view. We thought this was the very top. But, we were fooled we walked about 5 mins past it and there was an even bigger tree with an even better view.

Old dilapidated mansions, newts, swimming holes and rock climbing.

Great views with some shade and water features.

Beautiful scenery and a great easy hike. We truly enjoyed.

This is a wonderful hike! Total hidden gem! Pretty easy peasy, and the property owners gave us no trouble at all. Quite friendly!

Great trail! If you want a nice up hill workout, make sure you start the trail from the front to get that big hill, otherwise the back way is a great workout as well, but without he big hill upward hike. Either way, great trail! You can also turn around in the middle, by the stream part, and go back and that offers more distance and intensity.

1 month ago

Day after heavy rains but still hikeable. Definitely needed trekking poles for the slick muddy areas.
There’s no signs stating “Boney Mtn ➡️ this way”
Parts of the path was overgrown and single track but still obvious where the direction of the trail.
It’s between moderate and difficult, I think.
The views are worth it!

Good old reliable cheseboro

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