Came down to the coast to avoid the unseasonably warm temps in the valley. Did the Zuma Loop. Wasn't expecting much...just wanted to avoid the heat. It was much cooler than the valley and I was surprised with a nice display of wildflowers. There were the typical sunflowers and blue dicks. Saw more Indian paintbrush than anywhere else so far this year. There was a gooseberry and the very first chocolate lily I've ever seen. Got my feet wet in two steam crossings. Doing the loop counter-clockwise, the first crossing had stepping stones but there was no way to avoid getting wet for the second crossing. Knocked the rating down to 4 stars just because I didn't like hiking with wet feet...but the hike was still well worth a little discomfort.
Samantha E. on Ocean View Trail and Canyon View Trail
Trail is well marked. Everything is very green and beautiful right now. Parking lot has ample parking. Dog friendly, likely to see horses so be on the look out for them.
CAUTION----this trail is no longer a loop trail! Around the 8+ mile mark where the trail you need to turn left onto from the main trail so you can return to the trailhead at Kansan Road no longer exists. It has been covered by a landslide. Using the GPS I was able to locate where the cutoff should be and I climbed the hillside and could only find a partial trail that became impossible to follow. So my 9.6 loop trail became a 17+ mile out and back. I still gave it 5 stars because it is beautiful. Amazing views, beautiful scenery, streams and waterfalls.
Hiked part of this trail when got lost off the Zuma Loop ... Lovely hike ... but lots of turns and biker ... so if you have a dog, keep them close ... though unlike other trails I have been on, bikers are super nice to let you know if other bikers are behind and aren't angry for sharing the trail (thx!!)