Explore the most popular trails in Malibu Lagoon State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The Malibu Lagoon is where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. Malibu's Surfrider Beach has a long standing as a premier surfing beach. On the east side of Malibu Creek Bridge, the famous Malibu Pier allows for excellent saltwater fishing. On the west side of Malibu Creek Bridge, visitors will find picnic tables and a nature area, excellent for bird watching and the study of a unique eco-system, a Southern California saltwater marsh. The Adamson House, a National Historic Site located in Malibu Lagoon State Beach, is a showplace of Malibu historical artifacts. Completed in 1929 by the Frederick Hastings Rindge's daughter, Rhoda Adamson, the Spanish-Moor revival residence features tile from the renowned Malibu Potteries and sits on a spectacular overlook of the Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach. The adjacent Malibu Lagoon Museum allows visitors to walk through the history of the area from the days of the California Indian "Chumash" tribe, to the gentlemen ranchers, and finally to the birth of the surfing era. Museum docents give delightful tours filled with local legends and anecdotes. Guided tours of the wetlands and other natural elements such as grunion, the monarch butterfly, tidepools, and the gray whale are scheduled seasonally. The Malibu Lagoon beach features wetlands, flower gardens and a sandy beach. Hours: 8:00am to sunset

This short 2 mile trail is a must do for numerous of reasons! You pass by this all the time but do you realize the important history/story of this trail? This is where Malibu first started. You will see the Adamson home which was the first house in the city. They also built the Malibu Pier for transporting goods in. The Adamson home property is gorgeous and very well kept. Saw a wedding party viewing this spot to prepare for an upcoming wedding. The home explains a lot of the first stuff in Malibu so by stopping by the Adamson home allowed me to know more as I continued on the trail. Walked all the way to end of Malibu Pier. You will see Malibu Farms and Malibu Cafe for eating as well as people fishing at the end. Don’t forget to make a wish on the Swing on Pier! After walking the Pier will next take you down the steps to Malibu Beach. Take some pictures of the beauty of the coastline. Soak your feet in the sand and water. You will see a lot of surfers as it’s one of the three points where the Pacific Ocean and Malibu Creek meets where you see the Lagoon. Lots of amazing things to see fresh water and salt water mix together. You will see various of animals, plantation etc... just such a very calming area to be in. Continue around the Lagoon, the map is off a bit and use the canyon road back to the parking spot. You have just fulfilled yourself with history of Malibu, the beautiful home property, the pier, the beach/ocean and the lagoon! That’s why it’s five stars for anyone to enjoy even though it’s very easy and short. It’s enjoyable and learned a lot about Malibu the place everyone drives through every day. Stop and see to enjoy this place.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

This is a very special walk! Yes, you walk around a nice bird sanctuary lagoon, but the treasure is you can walk right onto one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world, Malibu's Surfrider Beach next to the Malibu Pier!!! In addition at low tide only, you can walk to the right on the public beach zone and view the famous Malibu Colony Community. The paid parking lot is small, however there are many free parking spaces on the coast highway adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon State Park. It is a flat and easy to walk, but bring sandals if you want to walk the half mile walk on the sandy beach to the Malibu Pier. Don't miss this small but beautiful state park!!!

Very Nice

Short walk by the lagoon to the beach. Nice tide pools and lots of birds

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Definitely more of a walk than a hike but still beautiful

Friday, July 31, 2015

Not a hike but lots of birds to see

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