Explore the most popular trails in Leo Carrillo State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Leo Carrillo State Park, located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the PCH, has 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kiting, surf fishing and beachcombing. The beach also has tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking. Nature walks and campfire programs are offered and a small Visitor Center has interpretive displays. During the summer, children's programs are available. The park was named after Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), actor, preservationist and conservationist. Leo Carrillo served on the California Beach and Parks commission for eighteen years, and was instrumental in the state's acquisition of the Hearst property at San Simeon. He was related by blood and marriage to a long line of distinguished original Californians. Leo's greatest fame came from his portrayal of Pancho, the sidekick to Duncan Renaldo's Cisco Kid, an early 1950s TV series.

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bridge out
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over grown
rocky
17 days ago

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over grown
1 month ago

This trail is open however i wouldn’t really recommend this trail at all. Parts are very over grown. The trail ends at someone’s house aka private property so there is no option to go further even if you wanted to. My legs are all scratched up from running through the bushes and over grown plants.

hiking
2 months ago

It connects all way to the pond from the beach. No shade. Snakes. Mtn lion scat. Great workout. Views excellent.

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no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Fun trail into some dry Malibu wilderness. There’s a cool old rusty bridge to cross and a weird scum pond. The section just before and just after this first fork is really steep. Once you’re passed there it’s easy. Really overgrown toward the end and the quails in the bushes all sound like rattlesnakes. Didn’t see any snakes luckily just a couple suspicious fallen branches.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

awesome

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked most of the trail yesterday. Had to turn back about 3.5 miles (per my Fitbit) in because I scared a rattlesnake into rattling. There is a bit of overgrowth and I didn’t see it until I heard it rattling. It scared the heck out of me. However, it was nice to see all the growth after the fire. The beauty of this hike is that after the hike, you can take a plunge in the Ocean.

hiking
2 months ago

They’ve done a great job clearing the path. Still some overgrowth on the far loop but still manageable. Great hike and very beautiful. Lots of

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no shade
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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

The trail is currently being cleared and the team is almost to the top of the climb so conditions are good...much better than recently reported by others. The climb is steep in parts and looks very different than before the fire.

on Nicholas Flat Trail

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bugs
no shade
over grown
scramble
3 months ago

Went on a Sunday mid-afternoon after it had just opened. After a mile the trail is really overgrown and it becomes hard to tell if you’re sticking to the right path. There were also tons of bugs and bees so I’d wear a long sleeve and pants even if there’s no shade. After the second mile, it becomes harder to tell where to go unless you spot the neon-colored markers. Plus side is that you always have views of the ocean.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s going to be hot! Trail was overgrown Father’s Day weekend. Lots flowers still. Great hike and water in the lake at the end. Talk to the rangers. Bring lots water. Great views of ocean. And I got off trail and found a geocache and survey marker very cool.

Walk along the shore. Mindset: In the 1st mile. consider the variation in the angle of the sand. The change in sound and the rolling ‘eeee’ as you walk along. Take notice of the waves rolling across the rocks, and the feeling when walking along the relatively flat slope, waves gliding along to their peak hight along the shore.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is now open. Trail signs, bridge and wood bench at the pond have not been repaired. Trail is overgrown in places requiring some route finding, but enough traffic recently that footprints can be followed when necessary.

Dogs are NOT allowed on this trail, or any of the trails at all in Leo Carrillo State Park (even though their website says no dogs on backcountry trails only). All trails are currently closed due to last year's fire (again even though their website says they have opened except for one). I got this information directly from the ranger at the gate. Don't waste your time and money like I did.

hiking
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite training hikes. Easy access and a decent workout (with a full pack). How much longer will this trail be closed?!

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

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