Newton Falls Zuma Ridge Trail

HARD 12 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
15.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3969 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

hiking
4 days ago

We never do the full hike, but with our daughter we usually can make it to the bridge and back. Fun hike for her, beautiful views and good workout for us. Especially pretty when it's been raining in the winter.

21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I set off just after 6 am and did not see a soul ofr three hours. The first 2.5 miles along the Backbone Trail are very pretty. The trail turns onto the Zuma Ridge road and there's then about 700ft of steady climb up a wide, well-used fire road to the highest point (not my favorite sort of walking). The descent along Zuma Ridge has spectacular ocean views before turning left at 5.4 miles to descend to Zuma Creek. The fire road here is much more overgrown and better for walking. I turned back after 7.6 miles and retruned the way I'd come.

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail! Foggy all day!

hiking
6 months ago

Monday, May 30, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

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.