Best trails in Calabasas, California

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Looking for a great trail near Calabasas, California? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Topanga State Park or Point Mugu State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Runyon Canyon Park or Escondido Canyon Park. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Calabasas ranging from 1.3 to 12.8 miles and from 452 to 2,713 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Calabasas, California
Top trails (32)
#1 - Malibu Lake Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
NOTE: You are NOT able to access the main lake using this trail. Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling 10,000 acre park that protects 25-mile long Malibu Creek, the largest watershed in the Santa Monica Mountains. The creek itself is somewhat unusual in that it has cut a path through hard volcanic rock instead of the softer sedimentary rocks north of the Goat Buttes, which makes for some spectacular scenery during any time of the year. More than 30 miles of trails and fire roads are available throughout the park for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. There are also a few areas to swim and fish, and many rock climbers also practice their craft here. The area used to be a country club, and some of the buildings and landscaping from that era remains to this day - including the Visitor Center and Century Lake - originally built as a recreational lake and now a unique freshwater marsh that provides a stop-over for migratory birds in the winter. The park has also been home to filmmakers over the years. Movies like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Planet of the Apes," and the television show "M*A*S*H" were all shot here - and several setpieces from M*A*S*H are still here. This route follows the namesake of the park as it meanders through several areas of spectacular scenery. This is an outstanding example of Southern California terrain that's definitely not to be missed.Show more
#2 - Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Please note: As of 5/19/20, Century Lake & Rock Pool are currently CLOSED. Please consult the park's website for more information: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614 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.Show more
#3 - Saddle Peak via the Backbone Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 5 h 15 m
Saddle peak is the second highest in the Santa Monica Mountains after Sandstone Peak. After a moderately difficult climb, you will reach the peak where you can enjoy great views of the LA basin and its surroundings. Show more
#4 - Calabasas Peak Trail
Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
This pleasant hike gives you a good aerobic workout, with a moderate but steady uphill trek for a little less than 2 miles to the summit of Calabasas Peak. The views along the way are wonderful. This pleasant hike gives you a good aerobic workout, with a moderate but steady uphill trek for a little less than 2 miles to the summit of Calabasas Peak. The views along the way are wonderful. As the hike starts, off to the left are grand vistas of the Santa Monica mountains across a lovely small valley. Over the crest, Red Rock Canyon comes into view on the right. As you ascend to the peak, along the right are spectacular tilted and pocketed sandstone formations set against the beautiful green mountains. Along the way, there are a number of interesting rock formations that you can scramble out on (carefully) for some great views. A very enjoyable hike.Show more
#5 - Mesa Peak Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
#6 - Cistern Trail to Lookout Trail
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 47 m
The scenic vista point at the top of Lookout Trail provides a beautiful view overlooking Malibu Lake and the surrounding mountains. Park along Mulholland Highway and hike down the quarter mile long Cistern Trail to a T-junction with Lookout Trail. There are scenic views over the park along the way, including a great perspective of the Goat Buttes. Turn right at the junction and head west for 0.43 miles to a junction with Cage Creek Trail. Continue straight ahead on a grassland-crossing single track named Yearling Trail. Just past the marked junction with Cage Creek Trail, there is an unmarked junction with Deer Leg Trail. Turn left here (or make the left at the next junction on a connection trail to Deer Leg Trail) and follow this trail to the base of Lake Vista Trail. Deer Leg Trail heads uphill into the trees for a short distance before turning sharply to the right. There is a footpath continuing straight ahead down a slope toward Crags Road at the bottom of Cage Creek Trail, but this is not the way to Lookout Traill. If you miss the sharp right turn and begin a steep descent, it is time to backtrack. Saplings arch over Deer Leg Trail to provide pleasant shade. Pass through a junction with the connection path coming up from Yearling Trail, and progress westward to the second of two picnic tables. Take the split to the left on Lake Vista Trail. The junction is unmarked and easy to bypass. Look for stone steps at the bottom of the trail to verify that you are on the right track. If Deer Leg Trail exits the forest and returns to grasslands toward a junction with Yearling Trail, you have missed it. Ascend the wooded ridge, gaining 260 feet over 0.72 miles. There are limited views through the trees until you reach the top of the ridge and are presented with a sublime view to the west over Malibu Lake. The lake looks seductive from this perch, a gleaming gem of water hidden by tall green mountains. The trail continues for 0.1 miles descending to a junction with an Edison service road. To the left, the road continues another 0.1 miles to a dead end that provides the greatest view of the slender Y-shaped lake. To the right of the junction, the road descends 200 feet over a third of a mile to a trailhead off Lake Vista Drive. The steep road has loose rutted soil and is not the best for hiking. If you are returning to the Cistern Trailhead, it is best to hike back via Lookout Trail. Those who chose to start hiking from the nearby trailhead off Lake Vista Drive, which also provides access to Paramount Ranch, could hike east over asphalt for 0.37 miles to Reagan Ranch (once owned by the former president) at the west end of Yearling Trail. Take that horse-trodden single track for 0.13 miles to a V with the west end of Deer Leg Trail. Turn right and hike a quarter mile to the picnic table, and make a sharp right on to Lookout Trail. From the top of the trail, descend via the service road back to the trailhead off Lake Vista Drive for a 2.1-mile loop. From Cistern Trail to the Lake Vista Overlook is 4.1 miles out and back with 350 feet of elevation between the low and high points of the trail. The elevation profile of this hike is bowl-shapedm with uphill hiking in both directions. Tack on Century Lake or the M*A*S*H set to extend this outing to 4.85 or 6.35 miles. There are exceptional views along Cistern Trail and from the end of Lookout Trail, making for a worthwhile hike.Show more
#7 - Calabasas Cold Creek Trail
Calabasas, California
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
#8 - Backbone Trail Loop
Malibu Creek State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
#9 - Stunt High Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#10 - Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
The first part of the hike takes you through gently rolling hills dotted with huge, spectacular oak trees. After a loop around Lasky Mesa, the hike heads northwest to Las Virgenes Canyon where a small creek nurtures a more densely covered area along the banks of the stream. This is a popular area for bikers so keep a head up for them.Show more
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