Explore the most popular No Dogs trails in Malibu Creek 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.

trailhead is tricky to find and parking is a bit far from the trailhead as well. it's worth it though as I like to call this trail jurrasic park. lots of greenery and shade and spots to take a break. may be challenging for less fit people but great single track.

hiking
5 days ago

very good starter hike, not to much elevation gain, wide trails to avoid any animals, and nice even surface. stroller friendly and has shade for 3rd of the hike.

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bridge out
no shade
11 days ago

This is my new favorite trail. Perfect for running or hiking. The most beautiful views. Just so in love.

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no shade
rocky
15 days ago

Stay to the left the lake trail is a waste unless you’re just looking to get into the rock pool. The real work out is on the century lake trail it loops but you can really get your heart pumping! We looped it and came back to the cool off in the water at rock pool

VERY hot on the day we went, definitely could have used a little more water on the way back up. (All downhill to start so the end is a good trek up, otherwise pretty flat for big chunks) Water is pretty stagnant at this point but a lovely loop with some nice views and varied terrain. We didn’t go in the water but probably would at another point when it’s moving more. Very busy section, too many people to feel like a real hike.

Did this counter clockwise with start and end in the Malibu creek state park parking lot. It was about 85 degrees when we left. Not much shade through the trail except for some patches the last 3ish miles on the descent. Bring your water and sunblock! Great views throughout! Completed in 6:10. I didn't find the overgrown parts or the water crossings to be too bad. September 5 2019

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no shade
20 days ago

Take lots of water. We hiked during the heat of the day. Recommend early or later in the day. Not marked very well. We went an extra section and had to back track. River is dry.

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over grown
27 days ago

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no shade
1 month ago

Typical trail for this area: straight up a fire road with nice views of the mountains and beaches dotted with million dollar homes. Good exercise trail for sure but not much of a nature walk; you can hear the road most of the time. We were lucky and went up while it was overcast but in full sun I can see how this would be super hot. Also, you have to pay to park at the trailhead.

on Backbone Trail: Tapia to Kanan-Dume

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean

hiking
1 month ago

There’s street parking off Mulholland Dr. Or pay by the hour or $12 all day. There’s a lot of shade. The bridge to the MASH site is accessible. The water that people jump is is about 4-5ft. I saw a lot of people jumping off the rocks. I took my 7yr old. I’d come back.

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no shade
1 month ago

Awesome views. Some shade at the beginning but quickly becomes a fire road that's wide and clear with little to protect you from the sun. Went on a late morning on a Sunday in August, and it was both slightly warm (not too hot) and not too crowded (passed no more than a dozen people the whole time). The "peak" is basically a picnic bench with views of the ocean, but there's a lot more trail to keep going on along a ridge in two extra directions.

Super easy path to walk and run on. Once you get deeper into the lake path (as opposed to the pool path), a portion of the path becomes sandy...almost like running on a beach. I tool the trail up to Reagan Ranch expecting to see at least one building but like all the trails in this park, I found out they just dead end into nothing. That said, it is a good easy workout for trail runners. Just be aware there are a lot of people that come to this park especially to the rock pool with their kids. Also, it costs $3.00 an hour or $12.00 per day to park inside. If you can find parking outside the park and don’t mind walking a bit, I’d recommend doing that.

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over grown
1 month ago

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bridge out
no shade
1 month ago

Great trail, lots of poison Oak though. Bring plenty of water!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun easy hike, not much of an incline at all. Shaded along the way. Bridge was washed out but easily found another path across

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no shade
1 month ago

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no shade
over grown
1 month ago

Great trail with very rewarding panoramic views. It is on the more easy side of the labeled ‘hard’ difficulty as far as physical capability. Trail was pretty overgrown for about 3 miles and some spots here and there for the rest of the way. Patchy shade more so about 4 miles in, otherwise plan on being in full sun. Would do again!

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bugs
no shade
1 month ago

Hiked the first four miles westward on a hot August morning; (90 degrees at 10 a.m.). Beautiful views, well worth the nearly constant uphill climb. Started at 6:45 a.m. with one else in the parking lot. By the time I got back at 10:30 there were four other cars. I only saw 4 people on the trail the whole time I was on it. First part of trail partially shaded in spots, higher elevations had little or no shade. For me, southern Californian transplanted to Minnesota, this is the quintessential socal hiking trail experience close to LA.

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bridge out
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

This was tough hike for me. Over 90° and had to ration my water. good climb definitely a bit challenging.

on Malibu Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Really really nice trail

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