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.
dogs on leash
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.
Easy enough trail until just above the grotto from which point there's a bit of a climb/scramble down and back up again. Managed it with a 3 yr old, an 8 yr old and my wife who has never done any climbing before.
The grotto itself is well worth the journey down, my 3 yr old didn't want to leave.
I had a bit of a look further down the creek from the grotto, and very soon came across a lot of poison oak, although I didn't see any along the main trail.
Loads of cheeky little lizards about, a gopher snake or two (harmless) and some humming birds which was nice.
Make sure you save some energy for the hike back up to the top though.
beautiful, easy, and fun! love having to jump the boulders.. makes it exciting
It was above average not top notch
Very nice trail and especially if taking your dog. Make sure to keep legs and arms covered because there is a lot of poison oak on the trail as well as ticks looking to grab on to you. Had to knock a tick off my dogs head in the middle of the trail. The last part to the grotto you can't take your dog- so go with a group so some can hold back with the animals.
Easy in and out trail! Pass through one waterfall after camp, follow down alongside the river soon to be hopping river rocks. Really neat, once you get there you can walk underneath the waterfall around to the other side under the rocks. Beautiful last week!
Had a good trip. Several nice falls and good amount of water in the creek.
Awesome hike, beautiful cascading waterfalls, waterholes, and a lot of shaded areas during hike light snack, and water should be enough for this hike, very family friendly hike.
Super fun hike with great scenery! I went with my wife, two boys and dog (senior), and had a very memorable journey. Water is flowing thanks to the rain this year, plenty of steam crossings and plant life. It gets a little hairy towards the end, especially with a dog that doesn't know how to climb rocks. There are many ratings that say "easy hike", but it is a challenge. After the rocks and stream there is a climb back up the hill which wont leave you feeling unsatisfied.
Directions for trailhead are not correct. Dropped us off at Sandstone Peak. You need to drive a little further toward Malibu until you get to Circle X Ranch and Grotto trail. Incredible hike. Several waterfalls and lots of creek crossings. Grotto incredible with some deep caverns and rushing water. Definitely not easy at the end if you want to get to end of grotto but worth it. Rope to descend down big rock at end...you'll find it.