La Jolla Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews
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La Jolla Canyon Loop Trail 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

no dogs

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.

hiking
5 days ago

13 days ago

hiking
17 days 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.

25 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Good uphill climb, followed by a steady trail running loop

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike went through amazing views and adventure

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

7 months ago

No biking

7 months ago

Is a nice trail, great view!

7 months ago

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.