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La Jolla Canyon Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Point Mugu State Park

La Jolla Canyon Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 7 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: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,230 feet Route Type: Loop


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


washed out


no dogs

*La Jolla Canyon trail closed on the left section of the hike from the trailhead due to storm damage.* Please note that current conditions are VERY dangerous. 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.

off trail
over grown
washed out
5 days ago

Closed. Dangerous. Overgrown. Totally lost trail. Harrowing. Don’t go the last left part of the loop. First part on Ray Miller is wonderful.

over grown
1 month ago

Did this counterclockwise. Ray Miller & fire road were super nice. But coming down on the La Jolla canyon loop tail is a mess. Completely overgrown, only to find out that after 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 m there is a gate and the trial is closed for safety reasons. (It should be marked by fire road already to not continue to go down this loop) It is really hard to find the trail down past that gate to come back to the parking lot. Unsafe and not suggested. Very rural and many snakes.

3 months ago

Great trail. It gets busy and is a narrow trail. It is good to be aware of busy times and try to go at times others won’t be out. Beautiful views of the ocean and a relatively easy hike.

Sun Apr 07 2019

The trail is technically closed from a rock slide caused by rain (see photos) but the loop is a fantastic trail with mountain and sea views.

washed out
Thu Mar 21 2019

Okay, just finished a quick hike/run. started through the Ray Miller trailhead, and took the trail 2.4 mile closed trail back. the Ray Miller trail is in mint condition, and with all these recent rains, everything was lush and beautiful. the Last Jolla Valley Trail Camps are looking gorgeous, and I cannot wait to use them! Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to see if any of the creeks were running nearby, but the pond at the beginning of the 2.4 mile trail was full, and a small stream trickled from it down the canyon. About halfway down, where the closed trail meets the waterfall/clifside, the trail is COMPLETELY washed out. The recent storms I mentioned earlier have wiped out everything here, and it was only due to some light scrambling that I was able to finish the trail.

Mon Jun 04 2018

Es un Lugar hermoso y divertido nosotros subimos por el camino incorrecto y esta muy peligroso por que subimos la Montaña y esta todo muy resbaloso gracias a dios todas llegamos bien es mejor empezar por chumas y empezar por la Jolla y salir a Reymiller

Fri Apr 27 2018

Beautiful and fun

Sun Mar 18 2018

Loop is closed. Assuming walk-in campground is part of closure too? I looked all over for it. Took Ray Miller 2.7 mile trail to the fire road. Never found LaJolla walk-in camp.

Thu Jul 27 2017

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

Tue Jun 20 2017

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

Mon Apr 10 2017

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.

Mon Mar 13 2017

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.

Sun Mar 12 2017

Good uphill climb, followed by a steady trail running loop

Sat Jan 28 2017

Really nice hike went through amazing views and adventure

Fri Jan 06 2017

The whole area is beautiful - and quite windy! This is the second time we camped and Thrornhill-Broome beach... and the second time we had the tents flatten on our faces during overnight winds. I was originally going to do this hike until we saw the notice of the closed section. I'm attaching a photo of the posting. The section that is closed is from the trailhead left section to the first intersection with another trail - or on the AllTrails map which has you loop counterclockwise, basicly the 9 o'clock to 6 o'clock section is closed.

Sun Jan 01 2017

This is a beautiful trail with a variety of terrain, including mountains, canyons, and ocean views. Take heed of the closure signs. It's no joke. Even the Ray Miller trail can loop around to the canyon trail and it's almost 7 miles where you will find yourself at a drop off that you will have to climb down or turn back.

Mon Oct 10 2016

There's a sign at the entrance of the trail (posted January of 2015) that says a 1.14 mile section of this hike has been deemed "too dangerous" and has been closed. I ended up taking another trail. I couldn't tell how this would affect the loop.

Thu Sep 15 2016

No biking

Tue Sep 06 2016

Is a nice trail, great view!

Sun Sep 04 2016

Checked this trail head out today. Trail head is clearly marked No Dogs! Not a good sign to see when you have a dog in the back seat, ready to hike.

Thu Jun 02 2016

The trail is closed for the last couple of miles. I had to turn around making this an 18 mile hike. The views were nice some of the way but a lot of it was just fire roads.

Wed Jun 01 2016

It was tough but worth if

Sat Mar 19 2016

It was tough but doable.

Sun Mar 13 2016

Not easy but well worth the effort. One of the most spectacular views ever

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