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Castro Crest and Bulldog Road is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,906 ft Route type Out & Back
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NOTE: Users have reported that one route leading to this trailhead, Latigo Canyon Road, is private and hard to navigate in a 2WD vehicle. To access this trailhead, please use Corral Canyon Road. 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.

Malibu Creek State Park page http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614

Unlike other parking areas in Malibu Creek State Park, parking at this trailhead is free. On Red Flag Days during fire season, parking is prohibited along a vast stretch of Corral Canyon Road - so while the park itself may be open, you may not be allowed to park at this marked trailhead.

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Rockinghorse Winner
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Long hike from Latigo trailhead to Mesa Point. Lots of rocky areas and lookouts. Good workout.

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Ostoja Cvijanovic
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It’s not possible to get to the hike via Latigo canyon and Castro Peak rd. The road is private - and unless you have a proper SUV you won’t get far. The real problem is that land is part of communication center and road is blocked off, therefore you’d be trespassing if you try to access it. Please do find different access points if any at all. Then take this hike off the app

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Jenna Doolittle
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It was a great workout. Pretty views, no problems parking. Not the most inspiring hike as the main challenge is just the relentless incline. Very wide path. The digger bees were overwhelming in 2 spots.

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Riley Jones
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HikingBugsOver grown

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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Kim Carter
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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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Ana Figueroa
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Rael Cahn
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Chris Shule
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Sonia Pancratz
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Conner Greene
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ping wei
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Glenn Lund
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Meg Milbank
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Brian Wisz
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Malkhaz Javarashvili
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Cathy Ungar
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Donald Elliott
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Rebecca Ebert
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Philippe Marecaux
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Mike Nussbaum
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Philippe Marecaux
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Erik Speed
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Gerhard Karba
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Gabe Cano
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Belle Cook
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Hiking Leigh
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Kari Roben
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