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Zuma Canyon Loop Trail is a 10.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.7 miElevation gain2755 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grownNo shade
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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Agoura Hills, CA: Take US 101 / Ventura Freeway to Kanan Road. Head south on Kanan Road to reach Zuma / Trancas Canyons.

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Genna Marie
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Absolutely beautiful!

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Stacey Shiring
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Hiking

The trail is awesome. It’s two hills and make sure you go clockwise so you can see the coastal views otherwise you’re looking at the Canyon as you go up.

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Emily Carr
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Overall, this is a great loop! Hardly encountered anyone else once I got through the first 2 miles. The climbs don't look too tough, but they'll surprise you with how much they wear you out. Very glad I brought my trekking poles!

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NEMORIO NEMORIO HERNANDEZ
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Hiking

awesome hike!

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Brody Bishop
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HikingGreat!

Probably one of the better hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. I left the trailhead at 1:30 and finished the loop at 5:00, just in time for the sunset over the pacific ocean. Based on the other reviews of this trail, I brought 3L of water, but only ended up drinking 1.5L. The highlight of this hike was definitely the descent down into Zuma Canyon and the ascent back up the other side, roughly miles 3-7. However, if you have bad knees I would definitely bring your trekking poles for this one. Parts of it were a bit overgrown, so pants would also be a plus. If you plan on watching the sunset, don’t make the same mistake I did– if you hike clockwise, your view of the ocean/horizon will be completely blocked. For this reason, I would definitely recommend hiking counter-clockwise for afternoon hikes.

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sapphire reels
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Hiking

Incredible hike! Immediate views and views throughout the hike of ocean and mountains. A good mix of ascents and descents but don't underestimate, definitely a workout. We went on an overcast day so it was perfect—a sunny, hot day would make this is very hard hike. Some brush on the trail in the middle so long pants and sleeves helped. One of my favorite canyons in Malibu.

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louise Symington
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Jimmy P
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This is a really good hike...It was harder than I anticipated with good elevation changes. No shade— literally no shade. 6:10 Car. 6:17. Sign Hiking counterclockwise Downhill for 10 minutes or so...then uphill for 1.5 hours No shade anywhere on the trail so start at dawn or on an overcast/foggy day 7:45. Kinda the highest elevation so far 1720 ft 8:30. Bottom and now back uphill 9:30. Top of trail again. 1803ft 10:15. Car

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jason goodner
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Pa3k P
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky

4 hour hike that started at 8am. Gets hot so bring at least 3liters of water and this is Halloween day. Trekking poles helped clear the overgrown dried bush

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Shelby Davis
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RunningNo shade
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Mar Rod
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HikingGreat!

Actually did this trail twice this week. It’s a nice incline to start, good views of the ocean. I love the ridge line on the decline. Super dog friendly.

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Iman Elgammal
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12.0 miles. No shade

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Brian Schade
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Brianna Honkawa d'Estries
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRockyWashed out

This is the most rewarding trail in Malibu. You ascend and descend two mountains which are essentially vertical, feel like you’re in another place in another time, experience complete silence, and witness some of the most incredible views Malibu has to offer. This hike is not for the faint of heart however! Come prepared with lots of food, water (I brought 4L), and long pants. The trail is narrow in many parts and isn’t very well maintained, so there is quite a lot of brush to get through. Best to wear long pants. I recommend going in the afternoon to experience the most magical of sunsets as you make your final descent.

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Ri Chelle
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WalkingBugsGreat!No shadeOver grown
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Scheliece Sankey
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this is not for first timers. no shade, bugs and the constant incline and down climb. Honestly make sure to take two 3L of water, do NOT wear black, take an umbrella hat and if you can go early in the morning or somewhat late in the evening.

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Philip Davenport
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Great trail with lots of sun exposure —- gets dicey with the overgrowth as you drop down into the canyon — footing 1000 ft incline and then another 1000 just after Can be intense I would think for anyone. This one was a spiritual experience at 3pm with the sun . Good views though for what I could tell .halfway through at 5.5-6 miles I was a little light headed :P

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