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Rapid, dramatic geologic changes created the spectacular landscape of Malibu Creek State Park. Its jagged mountains, rock outcroppings, cliff-like slopes and deep gorges were formed over two million years by severe climate changes, earthquakes, erosion and tectonic plate collisions. These forces continue to shape the landscape today. In the early days of the film industry, rugged terrain that could double for far-off locations was difficult to find near Hollywood. Filmmakers transformed this area into exotic locales such as old Mexico, outer space, and an army hospital in Korea. Movies and television shows filmed here include M*A*S*H, The Planet of the Apes, Pleasantville and How Green Was My Valley. The Angeles District Headquarters building here served as the “dream house” in the 1948 classic, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the park features hiking, fishing, bird watching and horseback riding opportunities. There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands on chaparral covered slopes. 23-mile Malibu Creek in the park is the principal watercourse of the Santa Monica Mountains, from Boney Mountain to Malibu Lagoon. The park is open from dawn until dusk. A visitor center is open on weekends only. The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road.

This hike is a good workout with a moderate uphill climb the entire way. The first two miles of the hike is overgrown so I recommend wearing pants since the flowers and weeds have little torns. Enjoy

Really nothing special and in no way deserves a grade of "hard". Wear long pants to protect from spikey plants.

backpacking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

The landscape is drying up quickly. The wild oats and wild barley (foxtails) still have some green. Saw some wildflowers but this hike generally has never been very good for wildflowers. There were some California poppies, morning glory, and some golden stars. The poppies looked well past peak. Nice breeze coming through Malibu Canyon. It was rather calm driving over but the canyons usually have a breeze when its warming inland and the coasts are cold. The breeze mitigated the sun which was getting hot.

Set GPS to 25575 Piuma Road and the trailhead is NEXT DOOR!

Incredible run up the backbone with smoe walking on the steeps. 9.4 miles total. 3000 foot elevation gains with miles of +450-600.

Incredible views going up, with much of the trails VERY overgrown and made visibility below a challange. It's a little more than a mile from the fork in the trail that sends you up to the peak.

Killer rock formations. The view below, crazy good. I'm calling this run #CreekToPeak. Loved it. The drive home sucked though, worse than expected. Oh well. I will upload photos.

hiking
1 month ago