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Bulldog Loop Trail is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Calabasas, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 14.6 mi Elevation gain 3,018 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Cave Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bridge out No dogs
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Robert Graf
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Robert Graf
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Daniel Lichtenstein
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Mountain biking

Way more altitude than one needs. Do this ride as a full day. Don’t try and crush it. Map is off.

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Riley Jones
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HikingBridge outBugsNo shadeOver grown

Did this trail yesterday from the main parking lot at Malibu Creek State Park. At about 6.5 miles from the start & once we were on the backbone trail, my partner and I encountered two huge sections of digger bees on the trail/service road. These were encountered 0.5 miles before the stone mandala. It took up the width of the road and were approximately 40 feet long. While intimidating, they are docile and I recommend you walk slow and calmly if you choose to continue. Due to the marine layer on the mountains yesterday, we made a wrong turn and ended up on the road. If you do end up on the road, go to the right (decreasing mile markers) and then take the service road up to the bulldog road. While on the bulldog road we encountered 3 more sections of digger bees but these were smaller patches that didn’t take up the entirety of the road/trail but still exercise caution. After the bulldog trail meets up with another to go to the MASH site, it was a little overgrown. Wonderful trail though: Gets elevation out of way at beginning, beautiful views, fairly wide, and after elevation gain it levels out for the rest. Be sure to practice social distancing, be safe, be responsible, practice Leave No Trace principles, and have fun!

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Virginia Derossi
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HikingBridge out

We had a great hike today. Although this trail is mostly fire road, the spring flowers and view made it a nice escape. Most people wore masks. It was exposed and hot. We took a wrong turn and wound up on the street for a few miles. Doh!

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Jack Bassett
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This trail is fine. It's basically what anyone can expect from urban hiking. At basically no point on the hike besides the very beginning of the loop are you under the impression you're outside of civilization or that there's a sense of solitude. The trail is on a fire road for the majority of the time, so it has a very lived-in feel, and it's hard on the feet. On a weekend, it'll be pretty crowded. Not Zion N.P. crowded, but you'll be passing or passed quite frequently at the beginning of the loop. A surprising amount of vandalism on the trail too: spray paint on rocks, vandalism on the MASH set pieces. Horse poop abound towards the beginning and ends of the loop. Add to it that the trail ends up circling a sewer/water treatment plant and it just ends up kind of feeling kind of junky and a little bit of a bummer. Scenery is fine. Beginning of the loop offers a walk through some grasslands that end up giving you sort of a savanna feeling. The area near the treatment plant has some beautiful bushes and flora as well.

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Reilly Embrey
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HikingBridge outNo shadeOff trail

this trail is rated hard but its closer to moderate on how hard it is on the body. the things that make it hard are the length and that there is VERY little shade. as of this review there are a couple of places that you have to improvise to get over because of flooding. i really liked this trail though and the scenery is absolutely awesome also, big shout out two the two girls that i helped find the MASH site on while i was hiking this loop. you guys were great and i hope to see you again!

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rob g
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Hiking

Had to use trees or bridges to cross a few normally unflooded routes. Great views and thankful for the water left near the top

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Conley Harris
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Hiking

I LOVE THIS TRAIL! Landscape is amazing and the views will blow your mind! Recommend doing this hike when the sun is out to get the full effect. Great 16 miles; good uphill portions that are a good work out but not too hard. Trail was hard to follow at points and the alltrails gps was unclear for some portions. Make sure you find the right path. But we were able to make it and it was totally worth it! I highly recommend

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Bryan Mijares
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Hiked on 10/20/2019. Trail was well marked however some areas closer towards trailhead and Malibu Creek Campground have a lot of side trails, but just stay on the most obvious trail (or use this app). We had to backtrack a few times, but a mere few feet. Nothing significant. The loop is not 14.6, but closer to 16. Check my recording for details. Bring lots of water. I brought a 3L bladder and 2 Gatorade, my gf had 2.5L, a full nalgene, and coconut water...all those were almost finished. This is a long hike, but views were amazing on Backbone Trail as it looked out towards the ocean. The MASH site was a fun little treat towards the end, but that area had a ton of horse poop. Will definitely visit this again when foliage is green! Highly recommended if you want to train for higher mileage hikes.

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Martin Locklin
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Hiking

Very diverse hike with many fun features that make it more memorable than your traditional hike. Good mileage and moderately difficult, but overall great views, especially those of the ocean near the peak.

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Michael Ferreras
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Mountain bikingBridge outOver grownRocky

I would not recommend this trail for mountain biking. Slopes are pretty much straight up and down. When going downhill there so much loose rock and dirt you can potentially wipe out every few 100 feet. There was trail maintenance happening when I started so hopefully they can move some rocks too.

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Marc Glovsky
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HikingBridge outNo shade
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Emile Chin-Dickey
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Did this counter clockwise with start and end in the Malibu creek state park parking lot. It was about 85 degrees when we left. Not much shade through the trail except for some patches the last 3ish miles on the descent. Bring your water and sunblock! Great views throughout! Completed in 6:10. I didn't find the overgrown parts or the water crossings to be too bad. September 5 2019

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Art Banuelos
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HikingBridge outBugsNo shade

This was tough hike for me. Over 90° and had to ration my water. good climb definitely a bit challenging.

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Hike On
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Fun!

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Paige Sandhu
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HikingBridge outBugsOver grown

I enjoyed the hell out of this hike! Amazing views at the top, got to add a rock to the spiral, and my sunburn was well earned! I went clockwise and boy, that climb was brutal. I made a few mistakes with directions and ended up with 17.5 miles in 5:41:33 yay! Thankfully, someone told me to keep an eye out for white arrows, and I followed them to the “wet” route which was crossing a river with some rocks to leap on. I didn’t even know there was a dry option until I saw the fork between “wet” and “dry” a quarter mile or so down. Just like other reviewers, the bridge is out when you pass the MASH site and try to cross Crass, so you have to continue down about 150 yards to the right where there’s a large tree and wooden planks to help you cross the river.

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Mark Gunderson
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Awesome views. Ran counter-clockwise and the trail up Bulldog kicked my butt. After that, a pretty reasonable route. Slightly overgrown in areas. Not much shade.

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