Castro Crest and Bulldog Road

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Malibu Creek State Park

Castro Crest and Bulldog Road is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,906 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Rock scrambling and a great workout hike in the southwestern part of Malibu Creek State Park / Castro Crest. Malibu Creek State Park sits in 10,000 acres of rugged terrain near the Malibu coast, protecting flowing creeks, man-made lakes, historic structures, and prominent cliffs. This route explores the southern and western areas of the park, far away from the creek that gives it its name. The landscape here is similar to other areas of the Santa Monica Mountains like Sandstone Peak, but has a unique geography all its own. Indeed, at some parts of this trail, you might feel more like you're in the canyons of Utah than Southern California ... at least until you look south to see the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands before you. Here, you'll have the opportunity to do some easy to moderate rock scrambling in a gorgeous setting, then top off the trip with a leg-busting descent into and ascent out of the central canyon area of the park. Whether you're hiking, scrambling, horseback riding or mountain biking, this section of the park offers something wonderful for you.

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over grown
5 days ago

Be careful for digger bees on this. I took the bulldog trail as part of the Bulldog Loop from Malibu Creek State Park and there were sections with digger bees on this as well as on the backbone trail past the stone mandala. They are seemingly docile but very intimidating if not expected. Three sections of digger bees on bulldog and two sections of digger bees 0.5 miles past the mandala (if coming from the parking lot up top).

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10 months ago

Was sad to find a huge fence with barbed wire blocking the trail into private property. Would’ve loved to loop this trail with the Backbone Trail.

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22 days ago

recorded Bulldog Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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recorded Bulldog Loop Trail

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5 months ago

recorded Bulldog Loop Trail

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10 months ago

recorded Bulldog Loop Trail

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10 months ago

recorded Recording - May 29, 11:06

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recorded Jim Morrison Cave / Castro Peak

Tue Oct 21 2014