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Grotto Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 561 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Cave Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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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Michelle LeBlanc
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This is not a beginner level trail. I’d rate it moderate until you get to the big rocks, then difficult from there to the grotto. It’s doable and worth it. It will be much easier in hiking shoes and pants than it will be in shorts and running shoes. Hiking poles will be helpful on trail and useless on the rocks.

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Cristinel Sorica
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Good starting for a beginner.

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Jose Araujo
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Aimee Pradhan
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Nick S
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Tony Cavestany
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No water in the stream but there’some in the grotto Enough to enjoy it

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Jeneen Castillo
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

I really loved this trail. I got there I think around 8am and the weather was perfect all the way through. Please take comfortable shoes that will grip as you’re going down the rocks. If you plan to go deep in make sure to bring bug spray. I would definitely do this trail again.

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Chelsea Lorimer
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*Descent is first, then ascend on the return. The last 100 ft before the grotto is all rock scrambling with no trail except the sound of the waterfall in the background to encourage you. My 11 year old thought it was the best part. We were pushing and pulling my 8 year old over some of it. *hard not moderate* *well maintained trail *not busy

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Victor Ponce
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Nice hike. Not very difficult although getting to the grotto is a bit challenging. Definitely involves some rock scrambling. Shaded in some parts. Overall a neat hike.

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Nick S
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Melissa Montes
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Arianna Morales
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Beautiful!!! Its a short but sweet hike... worth it to see the grotto

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Cristinel Sorica
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Great trail for a beginner.

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Rayza Cruz
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Such a fun and easy hike. I did read that theres an element of rock climbing involved but not that bad. It can get slippery when wet. Hiking shoes and gloves can be handy. Area well kept and shaded. The pièce de ré·sis·tance is the grotto. Its well worth the hike down the massive rocks. We didnt like the windy and narrow road going to the spot. My friend had motion sickness on the way back.

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Christian Renteria
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First half of the hike is in direct sunlight and the second half is shaded. This hike surprised me. Def exceeded my expectations. I went during the week so there was hardly anyone else out there. Plenty of designated parking, so no worry about getting a parking ticket. If you’re feeling daring you can hike both here and Escondido falls in a single day.

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Jimmy Galvan
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Melissa Montes
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Melissa Montes
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Sarah Stein
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Nice relatively easy trail. A bit on the sunny side, especially in the middle of the day. I’d recommend going in the morning or on a day with lots of marine layer. The trails seems like it ends at the 2nd shady oak area, but follow the trail to the left, along & across the creek till you get to the boulders & you can make it all the way down. Beautiful grotto & plenty of shady areas for a break before you turn around and head back. Our medium sized pup went about half way down & then it would have been awfully hard for her to get back up.

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Dan Scott
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This trail has beautiful mountain views along with a trail with a little climb to it making it a good morning workout. I only met a total of 7 people, so pretty much had the trail all to myself! Very peaceful and scenic! Loved it and would like to come back again sometime! Beautiful drive getting there as well!

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Lizbeth Valerio
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It’s not crowded at all which is nice, I just got confused when you get to where the grotto actually is you have to climb down big boulders which I was expecting but there’s another trail that continues to the left of the mountain, which through me off. Once you get there it’s really beautiful and I think you can continue going down.

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Lily Aguirre
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AllTrails map a little before where some large rocks are. Keep going by climbing the rocks towards your left. It will lead you down to the grotto. Little water right now but still a small stream.

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Mélodie D
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Challenging road to get to the trail. Pretty hike but no waterfall right now. Western cowboy vibes all the way through.

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