Ocean View Trail and Canyon View Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews

Ocean View Trail and Canyon View Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
1069 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


over grown

Rocky cascades, bedrock pools, rich geological formations, seasonal waterfalls This is a stunning adventure hike with swimming holes, rocky cascades, wonderful geologic formations and car-size boulders to negotiate around. This hike is at it loveliest after it rains, although also at its most challenging. The route follows the wooded flood plain near the coast, up through lower Zuma Canyon, bushwacking through the narrows, past the Edison fire road, eventually hitting a junction with Newton Canyon. The final half mile of the hike includes 3 seasonal waterfalls including the 40 ft Newton Falls and the lovely lower Zuma Falls (up a short side trail).

18 days ago

Beautiful views. Lots of different trails to take. Few things though, it has absolutely no shade so I recommend going early in the morning or on a cloudy day. Also the creek was absolutely dry. And if you take your dog, beware of ticks. Found a few on my dog, one during the hike and one after during her bath.

2 months ago

Definitely not “easy”. Was gorgeous though. Great trail.

5 months ago

This hike was way harder than expected! We went back on August 6th, and it was a gorgeous day, but man, what a hike! The trail was very much overgrown at the time, as a few people mentioned - much better for horseback riding than a pied! As it was, all the mustard that had been growing was dried out to stiff reeds and much of the trail was spent pushing through this. Wearing shorts was brutal. Blazing sun made most of this hike very hot - don't skimp on water. We had our pup with us and took many breaks to make sure she was alright. Despite being only 4.2 miles, this trail was quite the challenge, however it was really really gorgeous and when we FINALLY finished, we felt euphoric, with the sun dropping low on the horizon. I'm curious if we went the opposite direction if it would have been easier...(?) we went clockwise but passed several people going the other direction. I would do this hike again if I was up for a great challenge. ALSO! We saw a HUGE rattler. Bigger than I've ever seen before - and black! So keep alert :)

9 months ago

Beautiful vistas overlooking he ocean and canyons (aptly named). Ample room for the horse trailer and water available for after the ride. Cool breezes and vibrant variety of indigenous plants. Saw parrots and a number of birds I haven't seen before. Keep an eye out for the signs, as we blew passed one and landed up in a neighborhood. We will be back for sure.

11 months ago

Nice trail...if you are on a horse. Completely overgrown with vegetation throughout a majority of the trail. The trail is also very narrow and there is horse poop everywhere. Scenery is decent. Interval in elevations makes for a decent work out/trail run.

11 months ago

Parts of the trail are badly overgrown with invasive weeds, especially mustard. The native wildflowers were beautiful when the weeds were not a distraction.

11 months ago

There is no waterfall and the hike was not as easy as it sounds like, more like a moderate hike. The only thing I enjoyed was the ocean view but to get up there was challenging.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

there's no waterfall here.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Trail is well marked. Everything is very green and beautiful right now. Parking lot has ample parking. Dog friendly, likely to see horses so be on the look out for them.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Awesome hike, it was a very clear sunny day = hot, had dog he did great although he did consume two water bottles himself. iphone registered 4.2 miles and 43 flights of stairs.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Awesome hike!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

wild, raw, undeveloped. only recommended for serious hikers. i felt like a spider terminator

Sunday, April 03, 2016

It was more rigorous than expected, but a great work out with views of the ocean and many wild flowers.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Beautiful and scenic, the initial uphill is steady and steep but well worth the climb. The trail is very rutted and required us to walk on the sides. Despite that, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a pleasant 2 hour hike.

Friday, January 08, 2016

After the first rains of the new year the trails was hard to find and overgrown. We weren't able to find Newton falls but after being forced to turn back we made our way up ocean view trail, which was extremely muddy and hard to climb but offered gorgeous views of the surrounding hills all the way out to the ocean. Would totally recommend the trail up to ocean view if the trail wasn't as muddy.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Trail is washed out and overgrown. Couldn't make it to the falls, turned around and headed to ocean view trail. Treacherous bush wacking as of now, would not recommend.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Given it 3 stars only because right now unfortunately the river/stream is dried. Obviously with the CA drought this site is water ridden. It's pretty easy hike up until the waterfall (or the place where there should be a water fall.

Monday, January 06, 2014

up up up and away

trail running
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wonderful Rainy day Hike :-) my first, 5hrs. in the Rain. We really enjoyed our private "Rain forest" the rain, made the trail seem so different. The droplets of rain from the Trees, the sweet smell of fresh, it felt like we were the only two humans alive :-)

It was so quiet & peaceful, in a very quiet moment, we even saw 3 Deer, they traveled beside us for awhile among the Trees, as we Hiked along. We ran to keep warm at times, and it was slippery at times, but great FUN, can't wait to go again.....go play in the Rain :-)

Sunday, April 08, 2012

I just got back from this hike. It's rough because there isn't a marked trail...you basically get to the waterfall whichever way you can. After 3.5 miles of wading through water, climbing boulders and avoiding an infestation of Poison Oak, I came to the fire trail and instead of taking a right...I took a left.

I've got blisters, achy muscles and a nice sunburn but it was all worth it!!

It's an amazing workout and freakin' fun!

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