La Jolla Canyon Loop Trail (CLOSED)

MODERATE 69 reviews
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La Jolla Canyon Loop Trail (CLOSED) is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop 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. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

*La Jolla Canyon trail closed on the left section of the hike from the trailhead due to storm damage.* Spectacular ocean views, lovely rolling valley, inspiring peak, little pond The trail starts out along the relatively easy La Jolla Canyon, moving through a little canyon carved by the stream running down the canyon. After about a mile and a half, rolling hills and grasslands of La Jolla Valley will spread out before you. You will see a lovely pond on you left, then will head west across the entire expanse of the valley. During the spring, this valley covered with wildflowers. At about the 4 mile mark, the trail begins to swing around the north flank of mugu peak, eventually traversing along the steep hillside facing the ocean. This is a breathtaking section of trail with wonderful views of the ocean and the Navy base. At about 6 miles you will find a cutoff trail that take you up to the top of the 1266 foot Mugu peak. There are great views of both the ocean and La Jolla Valley, and even an inspiring American flag flying. After enjoying the peak, rejoin the main trail for an easy 2 mile trek back to the car.

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19 days ago

La Jolla Canyon trail closed on the left section of the hike from the trailhead due to storm damage.

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1 month ago

Hiked 2 times with Veterans and volunteers. Beautiful scenery. Nice resting areas with shade.

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4 months ago

La Jolla Canyon falls still has a small flow and is beautiful to see after all the drought. Be aware that getting up the falls will require some Class 4 climbing skills and you will need to know how to rappel with proper gear if doing this route counter clockwise.

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5 months ago

Hiked up the canyon to the waterfall which has been washed out. Climbed up the side of the waterfall with a rope that someone had secured. Wasn't too difficult. Then finished the loop. Keep in mind if you are hiking counterclockwise because your have to scale the 25 ft section on the way down.

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5 months ago

Good uphill climb, followed by a steady trail running loop

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6 months ago

Really nice hike went through amazing views and adventure