Looking for a great trail in Malibu Creek State Park, California? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail 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!

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wild flowers

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bird watching

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walking

mountain biking

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.

amazing hike for wild flowers.

Amazing views in the springtime and it was an easy hike.

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scramble
5 days ago

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over grown
5 days ago

beautiful short trail down to the creek. Flowers everywhere, and tons of catterpillers. Beautiful mountain range in th background and every hill is green and covered in flowers

We returned after a mile in because of ticks. Found a dozen of them on both me and my wife :(

Bridge is out at the creek. Log crossing a few yards past.

Hiked this last Thursday. Went counterclockwise. Give yourself ample time (unlike I did) cause the scenery is impressive especially when you begin the ascent after the M*A*S*H site. The crowd really thins out after the set. Would've wanted more time to explore, but I started pretty late in the day and almost got lost after the final descent since it got dark out quickly. There were times when finding the main trail got confusing due to several forks. Felt like I had to rush it a bit. Almost stepped on a snake so be extra vigilant. Would highly recommend, but better to start early in the morning so you can explore more and take in the scenery.

hiking
11 days ago

I saw a snake on trail so be careful!

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rocky
washed out
12 days ago

Beautiful in the morning with all the wildflowers. Too crowded on weekend afternoons; get there early for cooler weather and quieter trails. It’s great to see the gradual recovery of this park from the fires.

Hike clockwise to go up the steep scrambling section

BEAUTIFUL!

just WOW!

hiking
18 days ago

I also followed the suggestion to do the loop clockwise - excellent hike. It has a bit of everything: rock formations, some scrambling up rocks on the east side (if you go clockwise), field with wildflowers and lots of flowers along the way thanks to this year's rain, and ocean views. Not much shade at all. I don't know if it's because I went clockwise, but the west side of loop is not easy to follow. I got lost a couple of times.

reallly good workout and beautiful views

So gorgeous! Smells like lavender. Awesome photo ops!

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bugs
18 days ago

unbelievably beautiful with wildflowers right now

Absolutely beautiful trail . Lots of wildflowers poppies lupine !! Not very difficult. Was a cool day so was not too strenuous loved it

Beautiful scenery and if you look closely you will see wildlife.

Beware of burglary! Someone broke in to our car and my friends car. Don’t leave anything valuables in the car.

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26 days ago

Beautiful hike. Very easy and good for families. Very scenic.

A bit boring but typical of Santa Monica mountain trails. View on top is excellent though. Lots of flowers along the way and a good look towards Malibu Creek in places.

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27 days ago

very technical towards the end and some parts are so steep to go down. I slipped once and just realized how scary the trail got sometimes

Nice easy trail. However, you will see signs stating the MASH site is closed. This is somewhat true, as the last bridge you’d cross, that is shown on the map, was washed out from the storms. To the right of the bridge is a single track trail you can take which leads to a downed tree you can use to cross the creek. This is well traveled and rather easy to see. Once you cross the tree turn right and you will see the trail. There is some fire damage at the camp, but still very much worth the trip. Have fun!

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rocky
1 month ago

Would definitely recommend this trail. It has an approximate 3 mile moderate uphill climb to the peak. There are a few shaded areas but mostly exposed to sun. The view at the top is a jewel not to be missed! Careful on the downhill as it’s a bit slippery in spots. Would definitely do again!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views from the top! Not too many people vs some other hikes I have done recently which was nice as well. The path has large sections as you get higher up that aren’t shaded so would recommend going earlier in the morning to avoid the full sun and heat.

hiking
1 month ago

Great peak trail. Pretty uphill but the views are worth it, so bring lots of water. Parked is $8 all day at the trail head and there is a picnic bench at the top to enjoy some lunch with such a nice view

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning views of the peaks. Perfect time of year to go in the spring when the flowers are blooming and all is still green. Would be a hot hike in the summer- not much shade over most of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a good time with some friends who wanted to do something other than their typical Runyon hike. This is a good introduction into the Santa Monica Mountains. The elevation is nice and the marine gave us ample shade as we closed in on the peak. Beautiful weather with good company.

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bridge out
1 month ago

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