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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.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 400 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Rock climbing Bird watching Running Forest Lake Partially paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bridge out No dogs
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NOTE: You are NOT able to access the main 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.

This park is probably most comfortable in the winter and spring, when temperatures are reasonable. It can get pretty hot in the summer here, and there are long stretches where there isn't any shade to cool you off. Be aware of ticks during the warm months, especially if you're hiking in the grassy areas in the northern sections of the park. There is a parking fee if you park at the lot near the trailhead. At the time of writing, it's $12.

The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road

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Vinh Pham
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Chase Kuehner
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Hiking

Moderate difficulty. Amazing lake - hawks, quail. Pretty views and very remote.

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Sabu Song
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Def recommend to go early. It was a nice trail, not so crowded. No access to the main lake but overall glad I went. $12 all day parking required

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Ryan Quach
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Ericka Moment
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Such a great trail I can’t wait to come back when is all green !!(: if you start early ya much better

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Ma-anne Jugao
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HikingFee

The trail is easy to follow. Most of it has no shade, so make sure to bring sunscreen and a hat.

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Victoria Stepanov
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Very boring trail with no views or interesting plants

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Brian H.
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HikingBugsGreat!No shade

The trail was Awesome with really beautiful views of the valley walls around the state park. Not recommended on a day like today which was in 90 deg weather. We saw two rescue choppers flying around and a lady that was about to pass out from heat exhaustion. There is very little shade and the swamp makes the air very thick.

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Nick Amrhein
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SEAN HONG
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Easy trail. Very scenic.

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June Wang
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Joy Huitron
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HikingFeeNo shade

HEAVY TRAFFIC as mentioned, I went on a Friday CONDITIONS: Trail was okay, it was more easy than moderate, 90% not shaded. FEE: Was charged $12 if I remember correctly. OVERALL: Hike was partially paved (too much for my liking). Felt more like a morning stroll with a bunch of people, teenagers, kids. People have ZERO trail Etiquette, they were loud, music playing, it was terrible.

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Tony Garcia
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MASH Set! Pretty easy hike. Combined with camping you can take several small hikes!

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Tom Gallagher
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Not too bad in terms of people, probably saw 50 people in 2.5 hours. Got fairly hot as the day went on. Nice shaded spots all along the path. Think I heard a deer?

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Melissa Muñoz
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Parked at the main upper parking lot. Full day is $12, otherwise it’s $3/hour. Came on a Monday around 1pm, it was definitely hot around mid-80’s so the not shaded parts after the 1st mile had me dripping in sweat. Came across maybe 20-30 people, I’d say 25% were wearing masks as we passed them but the trail is wide enough to stay away from them. After the first 2 miles people start to clear out & kinda have the trail to yourself

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Louise Ratliff
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HikingBridge out

We came down from the Reagan Ranch Park at Mulholland and Cornell, followed the Deer Leg Trail (very nice), then took the Lookout Trail south over the ridge and down into the valley formed by the creek. Warning, that trail down is steep and very slippery. A better trail across the ridge is the one to the east of the Lookout Trail, which follows down a canyon side instead of a ridge. Later, at the bridge over the creek, you have to scramble down (and back up later!) and cross the creek on a plank of wood. Well worth it!

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Denise Mayorga
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definitely a fun hike, not a lot of shade and for sure come around 7 or 8am.

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Sergey Kohan
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great lakes view, quite relaxing hike. On parking entry you will be charged per hour fee

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Brenda Guzman
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Perfect trail

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Arlene Turcios
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Karen Klein
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Hiking

Very easy. This is a walk. There is next to no elevation gain, no climbing at all. Good for running.

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Erick Montano
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There is no access to the actual lake but a beautiful historical spot where they filmed the show "M.A.S.H"

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Mike Sanders
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HikingNo shade

The MASH site is accessible - the description still says it's not. Beautiful scenery and easy hike. 100 degrees though with little shade. A dip at the damn cools you off.

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Jane Evancio
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