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Best walking trails in Malibu Creek State Park, California

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Explore the most popular walking 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.
Map of walking trails in Malibu Creek State Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
8,215 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
805-488-1827
Helpful links
Top trails (7)
#1 - Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Please note: As of 5/19/20, Century Lake & Rock Pool are currently CLOSED. Please consult the park's website for more information: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614 Lovely walk down oak shaded lane, a stunning rock pool with vertical walls of volcanic rock, and a picturesque lake pretty enough for a calendar. An easy hike with lots of variety. At the Rock Pool, watch rock climbers attempt to scale the Planet of the Apes wall, were the movie of the same names was filmed. When you reach Century lake, make sure to take the path down to the lake, its a truly spectacular place to stop for a picnic. Those with more energy can continue on several miles past Century lake to the site of the old M.A.S.H television series.Show more
#2 - Castro Crest via Backbone Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 51 m
#3 - Saddle Peak
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Entrance is Backbone trail sign at lower end. You then veer to the left for Saddle Peak at the sign a few minutes in.Show more
#4 - Mesa Peak Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
#5 - Grasslands Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
The Grasslands Trailhead is the most popular trailhead in western Los Angeles/eastern Ventura counties. It's popular because the hiking and biking opportunities in Malibu Creek State Park are outstanding. This route leads to the MASH television show filming site. There is also a Visitors Center in the park. No dogs are allowed on the Grasslands Trail and in the backcountry of the park.Show more
#6 - Century Lake via Cistern, Forest and Cage Creek Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Please note: As of 5/19/20, Century Lake & Rock Pool are currently CLOSED. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Century Lake via Cistern, Forest and Cage Creek Trail is made up of green hills dotted with purple lupines and golden poppies along a gently flowing creek. The area is home to many butterfly species and offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Show more
#7 - Bulldog to Castro Peak
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
Note: Dogs are not allowed in the park. Parking in No Parking zones or on private property is strictly prohibited and violators will be fined. If the parking area is full please find a different place to hike out of respect for local residents. Show more