Nicholas Flat via Decker School Road

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Nicholas Flat via Decker School Road is a 3.3 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
734 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
1 month 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).

hiking
2 months ago