Looking for a great trail in Malibu Creek State Park, California? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Malibu Creek State Park ranging from 1.3 to 11.6 miles and from 452 to 2,785 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

hiking

views

no dogs

wild flowers

bird watching

nature trips

running

mountain biking

walking

forest

wildlife

lake

kid friendly

Malibu Creek State Park features dramatic geology, epic mountains, and deep gorges formed by earthquakes and erosion that have impacted the landscape for millions of years and are still underway today. Hollywood has used the park in multiple movies and TV shows, creating landscapes that are meant to look like Mexico, space, and communist countries despite being a mere 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The park offers chances for hiking along streamside trails on Malibu Creek, fishing, bird watching and horseback riding through the Santa Monica Mountains. 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.

It’s more like 16 miles, great hike!

Pretty moderate trail—doable for me and my brother, we are relatively in shape (he also had really bad shin splints and still did the whole thing). Very beautiful trail with great views on a clear day—at the peak, we could see all the way to downtown LA! The trail did not have many good places to stop and rest but did have a lot of shade and felt relatively secluded. Cool wood/forest-like areas mixed in with grassy fields and rock formations.

Fantastic short hike with great scenery. Add the Stunt High Trail if you want more mileage (~4 miles)

Nice short and sweet trail with some cool things to see along the way! Goes right by the M.A.S.H. site about a mile in, and once you cross the river there’s lots of trails that branch off of the main one. Tons to explore! Definitely super easy. Felt more like a nature walk than a hike. Not much of a workout but beautiful views and nice to see the river! Giving it 5 stars because it met everything I needed from a hike today - views, water, relaxation.

Really enjoyed this trail! Parked on coral canyon road and went out ~3.5 miles. Could have gone a little farther towards the water, but our dog was getting worn out! Nice elevation changes, pretty views. Plenty of parking along the road; would recommend getting there early in the morning to avoid direct sun and lots of other people. Trail was in great condition and would actually be perfect for more mountain bikers looking for a trail with lots of elevation changes

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muddy
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Okay so I definitely recommend going clockwise as everyone said. Once you head up the trail across the main road, the trailhead will be on your right hand side off the mountain biking trail - it can be hard to see at first! I ended up accidentally going too far - if the wider mountain biking trail splits into two, you’ve gone slightly too far. Once you get to the trailhead, it’s pretty uphill for 2.5-3ish miles with rocky terrain, but the views are some of the best I’ve seen!! And an awesome workout! Was a little disappointed by how many times I had to cross the main road during the second leg of the trip, but an awesome bonus was discovering the awesome climbing spots right after you pass Saddleridge (which is definitely worth taking the quick detour to see!). During the first three miles, I only saw one other hiker, but the last 5 miles was more crowded than I expected (probably due to the fact that most public places are closed so everyone is resorting to hiking). It was a bit muddy at parts since it’s been raining all week, but I completely recommend this loop if you like to explore! Tons of gorgeous views, wildflowers, and rock formations to check out. Enjoy!

muddy
scramble
18 days ago

This trail was truly a gem. The views are absolutely fantastic. I took the advice and went clockwise, and thank God I did! Doing that scramble on the way down after 6 miles would have been awful. The trail was a little hard to find at first, and the map on this app was VERY helpful with the road crossings. The whole thing is pretty poorly marked, so be prepared before you go.

lots of people out today.

pretty view at the beginning but the end to the "lake" is a fenced off dam. so disappointed in that. Also incredibly easy, only rated moderate k assume because you have to walk across the creek once on a log. still nice to get out and the old mash stuff is neat but definitely not one I'd bother to do again

Beautiful hike. Went on a rainy day so it didn’t feel too heavy. Not too much shade, so bring a hat in hot days. There’s an area you have to cross a river by walking on a fallen tree, it was fun.

It was really beautiful

Great trail for training/getting in shape. 3.8mi, straight up!

hiking
bridge out
25 days ago

my favorite hike on the backbone trail, 360 views.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Our car was broken into while we were hiking. They stole cash and debit cards. BEWARE

hiking
1 month ago

Car got broken into. Cash and debit cars were stolen while my husband and I were hiking. BEWARE

Beware of theft. Our car got broken into and cash and debit cards were stolen, we were notified by our bank that they attempted transactions at Nordstroms in Canoga Park.

hiking
1 month ago

It had been six years since I’ve been at Malibu Creek and I had an amazing time hiking there today but came back to my car to find out that cash, two different debit cards from both my husband and I got stolen while were hiking. Our bank notify us of fraudulent activity they tried to make purchases at Nordstroms in Canoga Park.

We went a different way from the marked trail because we wanted to see the MASH site. Overall fairly easy trail with a mix of shade and sun. Some incline and stairs, but nothing too strenuous.

Loved it. Must go clockwise or extremely steep descent.

Unexpected delight. Perfect for a cool clear day. Saw very few other people. The elevation gain was very manageable--lot of flat parts. Of note, no parking at the trail head---I parked on a patch of grass 2 minutes south of the entrance.

Nice beautiful hike Hardly any shade

Great views, I saw max 12 persons on the whole trail.

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