Malibu Lake Trail

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Malibu Lake Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Calabasas, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running

bird watching

forest

lake

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

no dogs

NOTE: Due to recent storms, there is a bridge out and the MASH site is inaccessible from the Malibu Creek State Park trailhead. For more info, please see http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614 Additionally, you are NOT able to access the lake using this trail. Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling 10,000 acre park that protects 25-mile long Malibu Creek, the largest watershed in the Santa Monica Mountains. The creek itself is somewhat unusual in that it has cut a path through hard volcanic rock instead of the softer sedimentary rocks north of the Goat Buttes, which makes for some spectacular scenery during any time of the year. More than 30 miles of trails and fire roads are available throughout the park for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. There are also a few areas to swim and fish, and many rock climbers also practice their craft here. The area used to be a country club, and some of the buildings and landscaping from that era remains to this day - including the Visitor Center and Century Lake - originally built as a recreational lake and now a unique freshwater marsh that provides a stop-over for migratory birds in the winter. The park has also been home to filmmakers over the years. Movies like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Planet of the Apes," and the television show "M*A*S*H" were all shot here - and several setpieces from M*A*S*H are still here. This route follows the namesake of the park as it meanders through several areas of spectacular scenery. This is an outstanding example of Southern California terrain that's definitely not to be missed.

hiking
21 hours ago

Really really nice trail

hiking
bridge out
no shade
off trail
11 days ago

Easy hike, but offers very little shade. I would suggest you do this hike before 9am in the summer time.

hiking
21 days ago

nice hike. M☆A☆S☆H set is exiting to see.

hiking
no shade
27 days ago

hiking
bridge out
30 days ago

You can’t access the lake using this trail. Brought my fishing rods and was disappointed.

hiking
30 days ago

Great, hike, epic views, relatively busy...

hiking
bridge out
muddy
1 month ago

I love this trail, first time was in January and the bridge was still there so you could make it to the MASH site, the spring rains washed out the bridge unfortunately and currently the only way across is on a trunk which we avoided. Overall enjoyed this trail, and I hope they fix the bridge soon.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

lovely evening Trail, for a cool Spring day,avoid midday summer

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail, the bridge is out so only way to go across is hopping on a tree makeshift bridge. I did not go across, if you lose balance the water smells so bad and disgusting and about 2-3 feet deep.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
2 months ago

Arrived at the trailhead around 1pm Saturday. Fairly busy as expected, but the majority of people seem to venture only 100 meters down for a picnic so it quietens out significantly. Loads of flowers in bloom, butterflies everywhere. You can still see hints of the woosley devastation but it's recovering nicely. Although the bridge is out to get all the way to camp MASH, the stream is easily scalable - just take a right at the bridge and walk up a short while and there is a trunk that's dead simple to get across. Great walk!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with one main road that branches off into other trails that are easy to more challenging. Tons of gorgeous flowers and scenery with the super bloom, also ran into a plethora of butterflies and caterpillars along the way. I will definitely be returning here again soon.

hiking
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Beautiful in the morning with all the wildflowers. Too crowded on weekend afternoons; get there early for cooler weather and quieter trails. It’s great to see the gradual recovery of this park from the fires.

hiking
3 months ago

Beware of burglary! Someone broke in to our car and my friends car. Don’t leave anything valuables in the car.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Very easy and good for families. Very scenic.

hiking
closed
4 months ago

First time hiking this place and what we experienced was okay but they had half of the trail closed because of the storm and there was a movie production. Nonetheless, it was still nice. HEADSUP, parking is not free. It’s about $12 in total for all day parking or technically til 10pm.

hiking
bridge out
4 months ago

bridge is still out but there are logs where you can cross. kind of tricky though, so not for everyone.

hiking
bridge out
4 months ago

Unfortunately the washed out bridge made it impossible for me to complete this hike. The tree trunks were too perilous for me to use. Does anyone know if the creek/river crossing issue has been fixed recently?

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail for the first time today, it’s interesting to see the regrowing of life and green after the fire. Was able to get to the MASH site, if you keep going pass the bridge (which collapsed), you will find a couple big trunks that make it possible to cross with 2 wood platforms. It is tricky and you have to balance across a tree so be careful. I wouldn’t recommend a little kid to try to cross over. Other than that, easy trail, flat most of the way with occasional shade. Loved a mini getaway :)

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful

trail running
5 months ago

Bridge is washed out but logs have been placed to allow crossing. Took some balancing to make it across. Several people had crossed over so it isn’t too difficult to get to the other side. On the other side of the bridge the trail can clearly be seen, however it is narrow in some places. There are a few diversions from the original path due to the fire. It was kind of creepy to be running in a black forest. But overall a great place to run.

hiking
6 months ago

Bridge is washed out and creek was high from the recent rain. We couldn’t make it to the MASH site and I didn’t see anyone attempt to wade. Pretty nice hike otherwise.

hiking
bridge out
6 months ago

The bridge east of Cage Creek Trail Jct. broke down due to the recent rain. The trail is currently not passable beyond that point, since the creek cannot be crossed.

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