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Puerco Motorway to Mesa Peak Trail

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Corral Canyon Park

Puerco Motorway to Mesa Peak Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 11.6 mi Elevation gain 2,673 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Beach

Views

Wildlife

No shade

No dogs

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NOTE: There is no parking lot and limited street parking for this hike.

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Reviews (85)
Photos (452)
Recordings (78)
Completed (108)
Nick Goldston
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RunningGreat!No shade

Got lucky and found parking at the little pull out right next to the start. A buddy and I chose this for a long trail run and it was perfect for it. I saw some people complaining about ground bees and overgrowth but as of 7/1/20 there was no sign of either one. Perfect conditions but it can get VERY hot with 0 shade so either go early or late. We started at 6PM and still were very hot on a day were the high was about 70 in Santa Monica. The whole thing is along a fire road and it get's surprisingly steep at the beginning. The views are truly beautiful. The only thing I'd change is at mile 5.5 I would go right at the fork up to the rock formation. This is much more beautiful/scenic than following this GPS course. Use that as your turnaround point. Took us about 2 hours of just running of what felt like about 8:00/mi pace but in actuality was 10:30/mi

Hiking Leigh
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HikingNo shadeOver grown
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Olivia Woohoo
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HikingBugsNo shade

Really lovely views of the ocean the entire hike. It’s an incline all the way up - a great workout with relief on the way back when you turn around. Tons of ground bees. We encountered 5 or 6 separate patches spanning between 20-60 feet long that you have to just trot through. They aren’t aggressive but also not entirely pleasant. Gorgeous wildflowers with a good breeze up there.

Liron Brish
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Hiking

Late start and didn’t have time to fully complete, so ignore the time on my info. Late Sunday, only a few cars in the parking and a few folks on the trail. Mostly on our own. Saw bunnies, a rattlesnake, of course a million lizards, and a few ground bee areas. Hot but by 6pm the breeze had cooled everything down.

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K Jack
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HikingNo shade

Going out is uphill for a long while, could be hard on the legs. But that means coming back is all downhill. A few abandoned buildings

Jessica Suriano
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Soufo C.
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Hiking

We ascended during a very thick fog, which encouraged wildlife to come out. Tons of bunnies, plus a scorpion, two centipedes, pheasants, etc etc. The fog was still thick as we entered a burnt forest. It was like entering Sleepy Hollow. Hauntingly beautiful. We unfortunately couldn’t finish because around Mile 6, we encountered a massive stretch of ground bees with no end in sight. Hopefully that was just a seasonal issue, and they were nesting, because it was too much to deal with. On the way down, the fog lifted and we got lovely breezes and ocean views. The mountains are more rolling on the ocean side, like the view from Hearst Castle. Would love to finish the trail sometime soon.

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Morgan Smith
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HikingNo shade

Pretty!

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Matthew Oranges
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Dori Shea
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HikingNo shade

Gorgeous views, nice incline and option to make the hike as long or short as you like. Bonus: abandoned buildings

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Cindysue Compton
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Hiking

The pros... nice gradual incline. Clocked over 14 miles with all the beautiful side trails. Now for the con... No parking.... this trail starts behind a beautiful Mansion on a small residential street with no parking lot and no side parking. Lucky for us there is a small turnout that will fit about 3 vehicles. We got there so early we were able to park.

Efrat Gan
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incredible hidden views

Brian McWeeney
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Highly recommend

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Sparky Wilkes
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful views but zero shade so go early. Do NOT forget plenty of H20. I went through 3 liters and was worried about running out 3/4 way back. Interesting building on way up. Rock formation and cave like area toward the turn around point.

Jon Osterburg
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Highlights: sweeping coastal views most of the trail, beautiful rock formations on the peak, unique rock swirl, at the right time of year the over growth acts as butterfly groves. Mini super bloom as of right now. Downfalls: no shade similar to the rest of the SM mountains. The view is similar for much of hike. Unless you want to get to the rock formations on the top or just want the mileage, the views on some of the overlooks around mile 3 are as good as it gets.

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Anna Grace
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HikingNo shade

I usually start from malibu Canyon and take backbone trail to the corral Canyon caves (old Jim Morrison cave), however after too many $8 parking fees, today I took this new route to the caves with free parking. Both are beautiful, but this one was slightly more enjoyable due to the more gradual ascent (it’s a mile longer). There is no shade. Both take me between four to five hours with a rest at the picnic table part way through where the trails meet, and time exploring the caves. There’s a rock labyrinthe at the caves. The tree grove at mile five people commented on was burned in the recent fire. Black trees, not as much shade. There’s a cool abandoned building close to the beginning. 2-3 liters of water.

Diego Bravo
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Ron Ouellette
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Hiking

Excellent day hike. Great views of the coast and the mountains. Well graded, wide trail.

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Matthew Emerson
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Hiking

Great trail even if you don't go all the way. Parking direction from app are spot on. As mentioned in another review there is a tree grove at 5 miles (great place for lunch), and bring plenty of water, it can be warm in the sun. Around 5.5 to turn around at 6.2 are a series of really neat rock formations you can climb around and on. Great views.

Claudia Viveen-Goedkoop
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Hiking

Very nice hike. Lots of beautiful views!! Did it on a Tuesday morning. There was nobody.

Kimberly Richards
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Hiking

Started 8:am. Parking directions correct and right at trailhead. Ascent is 2.9 mi. There was only one tree grove ~5.0 mi in. Excellent trails >15’ width. Very cool stopping point is Corral Caves. Climb into one of the caves for lunch . Nothing at end point of trail. Definitely need 3 liter of water (I make hibiscus tea, refreshing mint tea / Little caffeine, with lots of ice) and hat. Coastal weather gorgeous. Saw no snakes. Lots of women and men on trails. All friendly.

Tracy Lessor
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Judy K.
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Badbadnotjon .
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Michael Martin
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