Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails

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Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Calabasas, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles
357 feet

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running



partially paved



wild flowers


no dogs

Lovely walk down oak shaded lane, a stunning rock pool with vertical walls of volcanic rock, and a picturesque lake pretty enough for a calendar. An easy hike with lots of variety. At the Rock Pool, watch rock climbers attempt to scale the Planet of the Apes wall, were the movie of the same names was filmed. When you reach Century lake, make sure to take the path down to the lake, its a truly spectacular place to stop for a picnic. Those with more energy can continue on several miles past Century lake to the site of the old M.A.S.H television series.

1 month ago

easy, quick hike

3 months ago

Easy to hike

4 months ago

Get there early to enjoy a nice, cool, easy hike and a beautiful lake at the end of the trail .

5 months ago

WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE. Loud, trash littered by the trail, and people playing music from their phones while walking on the trails. If you’re seeking solitude and a dip in the lake to cool off this is not the spot for you. Probably best to go on a very early morning. The location is beautiful, but the cons far outweigh the positive aspects in my opinion. Could probably be a better hike if you go further into nature away from the lake.

6 months ago

If you’re willing to go off trail a little bit, it’s the most fun spot in Malibu

7 months ago

Arrived at 8am. Easy trail with ok scenery but WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE for my liking. There were literally tours groups of 15+ on the trail. Impossible to have your own space and enjoy nature.

trail running
7 months ago

Great loop! Beautiful views and easy walkway (semi paved). Both the Rock Pool and Century Lake are well worth seeing!

8 months ago

You can stay on the main path, or veer off for little challenges. Great spot

10 months ago

This is a great park. $12 day parking but the hikes are worth it. Beautiful and the MASH site was awesome! Most of the terrain was pretty flat.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Nice hike. We passed through the Mash site. Pretty neat, good photo ops. There is also a camera holder so that you can take pictures. It's where the 2nd truck is at. Just keep going past the first truck you see. However, the end of the trail just ends abruptly with some fences. So that was odd. The Century lake is beatiful!

Monday, November 27, 2017

This was an easy, short hike. The fall colors were in full bloom when I went, and the temperature was nice. Would definitely do again. Note: this is in the Malibu Creek State Park and there is a $12 entrance/vehicle fee to take this trail. Also, the trail starts off on Crags Road (or a name like that). Happy hiking!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Not moderate hike at all. Very easy and fun for the whole family!

The current map will first take you to Century Lake and then the mash site followed by the bed around the other side of the lake. If you climb up on the rocks you can get a good view of the lake, dam and landscape. Plus there's a small cave up at the top!

On the way back you'll follow the trail to the rock pools. Fun place to rock climb!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Beautiful. Nice little lake. Quiet. Easy hike. Good for when you have a couple hours.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Very nice hike. It would be an awesome view in the spring.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Pretty basic hike, kind of short. Rock pool is cool but SUPER crowded right now during summer. Also, make sure you have enough water it gets extremely hot out there. It was 95 plus out today.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Nice little hike. Very easy except for one grade that is still moderate. Watch climbers a bit off the main trail before the grade.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This is my new favourite hike. Parked on mulholland for free (or its $12 at the parking lot) and hiked in on the grassland trail. Lots of shady places to rest and the hike itself up to the Mash set is pretty straight forward. Beautiful trees and a lush setting. Quite a few people on the lower part of hike but once I got past the pool trail I only saw a few people. Highly recommend.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beautiful hike. Nice paths, wonderful flowers. Many bees. Many alternate trails to explore. Overhead coverage is refreshing. Lake area is nice. Traffic was light.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Love Malibu Creek State Park. Beautiful views and I loved swimming in the rock pools. Definitely recommend for a fun weekend with your friends/family

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Perfect hike for a family with an early reward, the Rock Pool. Trails are wide making it easy for littles. Lots of great shady nooks along the way to rest/have a picnic.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

6.8 miles. Great weather... the hike was easy... would have been better without so many people... but I guess that's what is to be expected on Memorial Day. It is worth it to go to the Mash site, the lake, and the rock pools. saw a fee dogs, on leashes...

Thursday, June 01, 2017

My new favorite hike just before I moved out of cali!!! The lake is sooooo beautiful! Such a good hike. I relaxes the whole way and just cleared my head.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Great place to take a nice dip in a hot day!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Had a super time hiking to M.A.S.H. site and ate snack there under a covered patio area with picnic tables, before heading out to climb a rock wall and over to the dam. Then we headed over to the rock pool and did a little more scrambling around the pond area. It was beautifully lush and green right now, which made for great photos. Trails were pretty flat once we descended down shortly past the trail head, and then some parts of the trail was really rocky and uneven, which made it fun. Shoes with good ankle support helped a lot. Other parts of the trail were soft and sandy. I kept on losing GPS signal so my recordings came out inaccurate and jagged. I had 3 apps tracking, but none of them came out right :-( Oh, watch out for poison oak in shadier areas.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great hike! 7 miles round trip to see the dam about a mile past MASH site and ate lunch at a picnic table then headed to rock pools to swim and watch the climbers. Great for kids, ours are ages 11-14. Bummer no dogs are allowed! Watch out for rattle snakes saw a big one and spring just started.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Took my daughters 8 and 10 yrs old and they Loved it. Make sure to bring mosquito repellant and lots of drinking water. Vending machine sold out! Trail to Mash grounds now open. Enjoy !

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Super fun hike! Plenty of different trails to split off to if you feel like mixing things up. Recent storms have really done a number on some of the trails however. We tried to get to the M*A*S*H site and were unable to due to flooding and the trails being covered by debris. Other than that, the trail itself is a blast. The Rock Pool area is absolutely gorgeous, and if you're into climbing like we are, it offers plenty of options for bouldering and rope climbing.

Friday, January 06, 2017

This is a gorgeous park. It has enough trails to satisfy all fitness levels. Bring cash to pay for parking.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Will definitely be returning soon! Easy trail but the scenery is great and trail has multiple rock climbing locations. Stepped away from the trail and explored small areas near by. The more you look around the more you find.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I loved this! The Rock Pool was beautiful and yes, the water is safe to swim in. I went on a weekday, so the trail wasn't too heavily trafficked-neither was the Rock Pool. The trailhead I started from was on Mullhulland and across the street from the King Gillette Ranch. I did not have to pay for parking, nor did I even see a parking lot that charged.
The Rock Pool was hard to find, we actually ended up hiking 1.5 miles to Century Lake (at least I think It was Century Lake), and 1.5miles back (3 miles out of the way). So here is a tip for anyone hiking to the Rock Pool. If you took the same trailhead I did, you will come to a clearing that has three large porto-potties. Do not cross the bridge, and do not go to the right, walk straight past the porto-potties. You will come to another fork, do not go to the right, which leads up a slope,if you go up the slope you are going the wrong way! Anyways, hopefully that makes sense, cause the Rock Pool Rules. Going to try to go again next warm day.

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