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El Matador, La Piedra and El Pescador State Beaches

EASY 38 reviews

El Matador, La Piedra and El Pescador State Beaches is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 154 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



no dogs

1 month ago

Beautiful views. Busy beach. Short hike. Cool spot for pics. Easy hike that’s kid friendly

3 months ago

Packed beach, lots of people trying to get photos around the rocks. Beautiful area, though, if you can deal with crowds

5 months ago

can I take my dog on the beach?

6 months ago

This isn't really a hike, but the walk along the beach here is beautiful and is probably the closest sea stack and rock arches to the LA area, so it has become an Instagram hot spot. Just walking around, I was outnumbered 10:1 by "professional" Instagram "models." There is a nice parking lot that does require payment. They should triple the parking fee to capitalize on Instagrammers.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

PARKING: limited parking on a dirt lot. Fees apply. I think it was $3 for an hour and $6 for 2. THE BEACH: very beautiful rock formations that have been through a lot of erosion over the year that you don't see in many California beaches. Apparently, because of these picturesque scenery and uncommon rock formations, this place is a hot bed of photo shoots. Its like, okay, i want to enjoy my time here but i also don't want to be in your shoots but if i am, pay me some commission. LOL. But if you walk/swim north, you'll find areas uninhabited by flash photography and models. there's a cool cave, which you can walk in and just enjoy the smell of seaweed, scent of salty water, and sounds of waves crashing. (Funny coincidence - i was just listening to Stuff You Should Know the episode about Tsunamis) If you do decide to traverse north to other beaches, take your time cause those steps are slippery and there are plenty of rocks you can slip on and crack your head on. This is a little morbid of me to think but i wonder how many and how often people slip and get knocked out and get pulled into the ocean. Yikes! Anyway, very beautiful beach even when its overcast. Aside from all the hoomans taking photos on rock and giving their best duck lips, this place was pretty neat. If you're about the photo-bombing life, this is a place for you as well. Also, is there an option for "Frolicking" as an activity cause that's exactly what i did here.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Loved El Matador Beach. It’s truly beautiful. Went just before the new year in December and there was a thick marine layer into the afternoon. Didn’t make it all the way up the beach because I got cold but will go again better prepared. Like many beaches along the Pacific it could benefit from more frequent clean up efforts. Plan to get your feet wet.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Some beach a lot of rocks mostly surfers

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Very beautiful place. Nice easy hike.

Monday, December 12, 2016

It's a good walk on the beach you'll see sea urchins,and other sea life. Different kinds of birds.and just a great ocean view.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

beautiful views a little tuff going up if your out of shape but worth it

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Stunningly beautiful coastline views

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Great view of the beach. Not a hike but very nice for a walk and finding seashells

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Be ready to get wet! It was high tide and the waves were strong but totally worth it. Rock formations that are fun to climb. Will definitely go back soon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Great for an easy walk. Lots to see. Lots of interesting rock formations.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Not a hike unless you can't the few hundred feet going down the mountainside to get to the beach a hike... Very beautiful though. It was worth setting some time aside to go and visit! I love the rock formations right on the beachside!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Very beautiful! Not really a hike... just a good place to walk around. Lots of sandfleas, but well worth the views... you can crawl through some little caves but don't do it in between low and high tides or you'll get stuck on the other side!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Since its a beach it's not exactly a hike, but this is an absolutely beautiful place to spend a few hours wandering around along the coast. Amazing rock formations and some tide pools. Watched the sunset and relaxed. Highly recommended!

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