Nicholas Flat via Decker School Road

EASY 14 reviews

Nicholas Flat via Decker School Road is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

3.5 miles
623 feet

kid friendly


trail running



wild flowers

no dogs

1 month ago

Lots of wildflowers this time of year and beautiful view of the ocean

9 months ago

I've done this 3.3 mile hike over 100 times, and it always satisfies. Great views looking both towards the Ocean and the mountains/valleys looking North. Lots of choices here on routes, with the route suggested being a solid beginner-moderate route that most able-bodied hikers can complete. There are some hilly portions, but if you are even moderately fit you can complete them. Beautifully maintained trails near the "pond" (which is usually dry). Sparsely-hiked trail -- I've never run into more than 3 people on this trail, and 90% of the time none.

If you get really ambitious, you can turn this hike from low-moderate to moderate-challenging by adding a leg off the NW portion of the trail toward Mulholland for a fairly steep descent. Alternatively, go whole-hog and take the spur off the SE portion of the trail near the pond and go all the way to the Ocean (which is a moderate-to-hard hike).

14 days ago

25 days ago

1 month ago

recorded nice loop!

2 months ago