Zuma Loop Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Agoura Hills, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway to Kanan Road. Head south on Kanan Road to reach Zuma / Trancas Canyons. When the road ends at Pacific Coast Highway, turn right (east) and travel a short distance to Bonsall Drive. Turn right and travel it to the parking lot. Horse trailer parking available. Note: Trail access also is available off Busch Drive, which is just west of Bonsall Drive.
Came down to the coast to avoid the unseasonably warm temps in the valley. Did the Zuma Loop. Wasn't expecting much...just wanted to avoid the heat. It was much cooler than the valley and I was surprised with a nice display of wildflowers. There were the typical sunflowers and blue dicks. Saw more Indian paintbrush than anywhere else so far this year. There was a gooseberry and the very first chocolate lily I've ever seen. Got my feet wet in two steam crossings. Doing the loop counter-clockwise, the first crossing had stepping stones but there was no way to avoid getting wet for the second crossing. Knocked the rating down to 4 stars just because I didn't like hiking with wet feet...but the hike was still well worth a little discomfort.
So I have to correct something I wrote in a previous review. I wrote that the view was only a water view. Well...that's incorrect. Turns out when there isn't a cloud bank you can see Catalina and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Really improves the view. Still doesn't last for very long but at least it's a better view. There still are better hikes for ocean views along the coast.
Fun little trail. Diverse species of plants and animals
I'm not trying to be a troll but there is an inaccuracy in the directions. If you're on Kanan-Dume Rd and turn right on PCH you'll be heading west not east. Could be confusing.
The trails out of this trailhead have one thing more prolific than most any other set of trails I've done ...horses. If you have children and they are enamored with horses bring them to Zuma Canyon. There is a local horseback outfitter that has a large trailer full of horses at the trailhead when I've recently hiked this on weekends as well as Friday.
Found the ocean view. On my previous visit I took the Rim Trail and it cuts off the loop before gaining the elevation needed to see the ocean, Not that good a view, I like coastline or islands and there definitely isn't coastline and it was too hazy to see any islands. There are some palm trees in one view...so that was nice. Much better views on other trails. Charmlee and Corral Canyon come immediately to mind. Other trails out of this trailhead probably have a view seeing that one is called Ocean View Trail.
Although I'll likely go back, this isn't one of my favorite trails. There may be a view from a short section at the highest points but I cut that section off on my hike and didn't see a single ocean view. When an LA county resident hears Zuma they think beach and ocean. Although a nice enough hike it doesn't have that assumed view. The bigger problem is the trail. In places the loose dirt and dust is extremely thick. There is evidence of considerable horse use and horses really tear up trails. Now I have no problem with sharing trails with horseback riders because they can positively influence construction and maintenance of trails. However, as summer progresses with no rain, the horses make the trails in sections seem like you're walking in sand.
It's a nice jaunt in a notsocrowded canyon. There is poison oak and it looks like sumac, and metric fecktons of bear poo- be on guard (but not too on guard). Horse poo is inevitable.
Boring Trail easy and short
It's super easy and as of the date I went it was completely dry. No water flowing anywhere. Nonetheless, it made for a nice walk prior to crossing the street to hit the beach.
We were greeted by a flock of playful green Pacific parrots enjoying themselves in the trees! Easy hike. Main trail splits into multiple trails but they all lead back to the main, unpaved parking lot. Mostly hikers and horseback riders.
Great trail got lost on a certain section which added to the fun. Horses on trail was a nice touch just watch the poo
great trail, easy going most of the way. Only bad thing is the horse poo on the trail.