Grotto Trail

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Grotto Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
698 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Thousand Oaks, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway east to Highway 23 / Westlake Boulevard. Head south on Hwy. 23 to Mulholland Highway. Turn right (west) and proceed to Yerba Buena Road to reach Circle X Ranch. Park at the Ranger Station on Yerba Buena Road and walk down to the Group Campground where trail begins.

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12 days ago

Great trail! Really fun, cool rocks to climb on

14 days ago

Very beautiful and super fun. We brought our 5 and 3 yr old and they did fine until we got to the climb down to the grotto. That was definitely too tough for them but we were able to slowly get down to the grotto and it was worth it! Also the end is too tough for dogs that are not great climbers so don't bring them. In fact, dogs are technically not allowed but tons of people had them anyway. I'd do this trail again for sure!

15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

scenic driving
27 days ago

the ride up here is worth the trip alone! windy mountainside roads with sparse traffic and beautiful scenic views. only thing is that these roads become extemely narrow and for half a mile of road are littered with heavy rocks off to the side that have slid down the side of the mountain but not dangerous. it is just a road you take slowly and enjoy the experience.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I think this trail was easy getting to the waterfall. The way back was a good work out. Well worth it! I would rate this hike to be moderate.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

So goreous and the water is refreshing to walk in after hiking in the heat

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike with a great pay off!

The terrain is very easy with minimal inclines, good for all ages. The grotto faces away from you so once you get to the destination you'll have to do some rock scrambling to get to the front. This part might be harder for some. At times you'll have to inspect the whole area for the best course of action because there isn't a defined trail. If you do this on a wetter day you really have to watch your footing, the rocks get very slick. Poison oak grows very close to the trail so have long pants on.

I have to take off a star because there was trash at the destination. :(

1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great day. Great hike. Don't get to tierd on the way down, because it's all uphill on the way back. Never knew I could boulder scramble. Light mountaineering required to get to your destination. Slightly uncomfortable for me, but what a feeling of accomplishment afterwards.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a fun and beautiful trail. It's pretty easy going down until you're about 100m from the grotto. Then you're rock climbing the rest of the way down and then back up to get back to the trail. I would imagine this being fairly easy as well however, I had my five month old strapped to me and wasn't comfortable scaling the rocks.