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.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice trail. A little hot when there is very little water to cool down in. the cave was worth it to see though.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Really fun, cool rocks to climb on

1 month 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!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

scenic driving
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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