Arroyo Sequit Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Arroyo Sequit

Arroyo Sequit Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 354 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips

road biking


bird watching

partially paved



wild flowers



This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Lot's of birds on this fun loop hike thru the upper Arroyo Sequit tributary. Along the way you will find meadows, picnic areas, spectacular views of the Santa Monicas, lush vegetation and a waterfall in season. This is a perfect place to take the family for a picnic and a little hiking around. There is also an astronomy observatory area that is used by Santa Monica College students. This site was a former ranch and sits on 155 acres.

16 days ago

Is the trail open?

9 months ago

this place was closed due to hazardous conditions. wish there was a way to know it was closed before I drove 2 hours to the site but it was a very nice scienic drive

Sun Aug 12 2018

Nice down and up loop trail. Well maintained. I went in August so pretty dry but plenty of shaded trail. Interesting view of a satellite station. Cool Ranger Outpost and seated areas at entrance. Don’t blink or you will miss the parking lot. Surrounded by million dollar properties. If your looking for more of a challenging climb go right at start of loop. If your like me and go the path of least resistance go left.

Sun Jul 23 2017

Pretty dry this time of the year. I was the only one there.

Thu Jun 30 2016

I was the only person hiking the Arroyo Sequit loop trail this morning. This is an island of tranquility surrounded by homes off of Mulholland to the north, northeast, and northwest, and the giant AT&T microwave antenna installation to the south. The loop trail wanders up an asphalt road from the parking area past a house and the Santa Monica College astronomical observing site (a ring of benches surrounding a flat place in the dirt). It then zig-zags over a rise and down into the area of the creek. Numerous creekbed crossings (now dry) have an abundance of canyon delphiniums, mariposa lilies, and hummingbird sage in bloom, as well as lots of manzanita, other sages, and easily avoided poison oak. The parts of the trail that are on the canyon wall above the creek are broad and clear of brush. A number of watercourses join the creek from uphill to the east and south, with the promise of waterfalls in wetter times. I took the trail counter-clockwise. The steepest climb was from the last creekbed crossing up to a meadow south of the house. Others have commented on the amount of scat on the trail - confirmed! Much horse, and plenty of predator poop as well. All dry, all good.

Mon Aug 15 2011

small parking lot, very quiet. the creek was dry. over grown with weeds big time. watch out for poison oak and ticks...There is a sign that even says you may spot a mountain lions as well.. (even though they are rare). Didnt like this trail. Maybe if it was so over grown with weeds it would be better.

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