Newton Falls Zuma Ridge Trail is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
CAUTION----this trail is no longer a loop trail! Around the 8+ mile mark where the trail you need to turn left onto from the main trail so you can return to the trailhead at Kansan Road no longer exists. It has been covered by a landslide.
CAUTION----this trail is no longer a loop trail! Around the 8+ mile mark where the trail you need to turn left onto from the main trail so you can return to the trailhead at Kansan Road no longer exists. It has been covered by a landslide. Using the GPS I was able to locate where the cutoff should be and I climbed the hillside and could only find a partial trail that became impossible to follow. So my 9.6 loop trail became a 17+ mile out and back. I still gave it 5 stars because it is beautiful. Amazing views, beautiful scenery, streams and waterfalls.
Beautiful trail! Foggy all day!
VERY long trail and 1part hard to find because it veers off into a mountainside, OFF the official trail. That part is very hard to see. I ran into a couple of other hikers that didn't have gps or a trail map on their phone....they got lost :/ Beautiful views, but be warned...it's a long trail and this route scales a mountain on a hard to see path for a third of the trail.
Working Counter clock wise, this is a great trail with lots of different terrains, Nice shady single track for most but a Long steady climb on a fire road and a Huge Climb with many switchbacks. The view up top is One of the many highlights along with a great creek that always seems to have water and lots of great falls and Boulders..... from there about .25 up the Trail you take a left t to continue the loop and it is kind of hard to spot..... you are only 2 miles from the trail head but its the hardest part of the hike . IMPORTANT when starting this new trail it will be vital you wear Long pants it is Narrow, rocky and bushy with the switchbacks that climb fast for over 1000+ feet It is quite a Unique trail in the Santa Monicas and well worth it.