Explore the most popular Lake 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.

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
over grown
27 days ago

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.

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.

hiking
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

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

on Malibu Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Really really nice trail

Best to go very early in the season. The water flow is stagnant at this time.

This hike is nice but somewhat heavily trafficked. The hike is a short walk into a shaded pool with large rocks, hence the name rock pool. Once you reach the pool, there is typically a pretty large crowd camped out on the rocks with towels, food, etc. It is hard to find a quiet place if that’s what you are searching for. If you can find a spot for yourself, it’s a beautiful view between the mountains with small wildlife and lots of plants and trees for shade. Overall it was a nice, short hike with plenty of beautiful nature to enjoy

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

Very popular trail so get there early to find parking. Bridge was out so you need to cross the river via a downed tree just past where the bridge was in order to get to the MASH set. I tacked on a little extra going all the way to Malibu Lake. Easy hike and not overgrown.

hiking
bridge out
no shade
off trail
2 months ago

Easy hike, but offers very little shade. I would suggest you do this hike before 9am in the summer time.

some of the trails are closed. but was a nice easy trail for me and my 7yr old

hiking
2 months ago

Parking is $3 an hour or $12 per day if you go where google maps leads you. Overall an ok hike. First part is busy with lots of people with towels, ice boxes and speakers, barely any shade, more a walk than hike, and cute views. 2nd part is quieter, soooome incline, no shade, 3rd part is through the forest, lots of shade. The lake is cute but the ending kinda meh...we ended up walking to the damn and then back to the lake where I could see myself just sitting with a good book. It was a nice walk, but it sure does deserve the "easy" grade and I bet it was gorgeous when everything was greeeen.

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike. M☆A☆S☆H set is exiting to see.

hiking
bugs
no shade
2 months ago

This trail was very peaceful and the view of the fields were amazing. The destination of the rock pond was GREAT! I would definitely suggest jumping into the water. It’s cold and refreshing. This whole trail experience was very nice.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

You can’t access the lake using this trail. Brought my fishing rods and was disappointed.

hiking
3 months ago

Great, hike, epic views, relatively busy...

hiking
bridge out
muddy
3 months ago

I love this trail, first time was in January and the bridge was still there so you could make it to the MASH site, the spring rains washed out the bridge unfortunately and currently the only way across is on a trunk which we avoided. Overall enjoyed this trail, and I hope they fix the bridge soon.

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