Explore the most popular trails near Malibu with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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closed
washed out
12 hours ago

Okay, just finished a quick hike/run. started through the Ray Miller trailhead, and took the trail 2.4 mile closed trail back. the Ray Miller trail is in mint condition, and with all these recent rains, everything was lush and beautiful. the Last Jolla Valley Trail Camps are looking gorgeous, and I cannot wait to use them! Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to see if any of the creeks were running nearby, but the pond at the beginning of the 2.4 mile trail was full, and a small stream trickled from it down the canyon. About halfway down, where the closed trail meets the waterfall/clifside, the trail is COMPLETELY washed out. The recent storms I mentioned earlier have wiped out everything here, and it was only due to some light scrambling that I was able to finish the trail.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Beautiful scenery! Definitely a workout on the way up. Start the trail to the right once you get to the top of you want to avoid a second steep incline.

hiking
bridge out
no shade
3 days ago

The views were beautiful! the green, the lavender, the creeks, they were all lovely! It sucked that it got a bit crowded once I got to the water fall :/
Also, people taking your dogs, PLEASE pick up their poop! Other than that, the trail was clean and nice! very relaxing :)

Might be my new favorite hike in LA. It is NOT closed. Incredibly green and lots of wildflowers. Closer to 7 miles and 2000 feet of climb. The portion up to deer valley loop is a lot more secluded, we didn’t see anyone. And the top of deer valley loop has truly some of the best views in all of LA. Just epic. We went clockwise on both loops. On deer loop, make sure you stay right and take the upper road to complete deer loop.

the trail is pretty easy to the lower falls. The fire has made the journey to the upper falls even more treacherous and a lot of ppl who shouldn't attempt are doing it. the cover has burned away so it is just loose rocks and dirt. One of the bozos sent a 50 lb boulder rocketing down the cliff and it missed killing someone in the lower pool by 1 ft. keep your head on swivel or stay behind the big tree.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

short walk down to a challenging ladder. not worth it

hiking
bugs
no shade
4 days ago

This trail is it definitely must do hike. You start off with the good incline. It starts off as a paved road in between residential homes in Malibu which is amazing,and then once you get to the trail head you were walking through a forest and along the way you hear the beautiful creek flowing. It is so green right now. You have to cross at least for creek beds. Just keep swerving to the left. Look for the trail signs. The first waterfall is easy to get to. There is a second and third waterfall which is very hard and dangerous. You must be wearing good gripping shoes and I would recommend some good grip and gloves! You are literally digging your hands in all the dirt and look up constantly because rocks are usually rolling down.

Easy and beautiful trail, the scenery was great after all the rain

Following the Woolsey Fire, this beautiful trail is closed indefinitely. All access by car was blocked as of 3/12/19.

hiking
bugs
no shade
9 days ago

It was such a beautiful experience. It’s an easy trail to do. Make sure to wear some kind of sun protector and highly recommend a hat since there is no shade.this is the best view for a sunset everyone has to experience a sunset at least once The bonus of this already beautiful hike is after you can enjoy the beach with a nice little picnic and relaxation.

hiking
bugs
no shade
9 days ago

It was such a beautiful experience. It’s an easy trail to do. Make sure to wear some kind of sun protector and highly recommend a hat since there is no shade.this is the best view for a sunset everyone has to experience a sunset at least once The bonus of this already beautiful hike is after you can enjoy the beach with a nice little picnic and relaxation.

Amazing new growth in the canyon. Wildflowers and foliage. We counted 8 waterfalls. Beautiful hike

hiking
11 days ago

The trail was really fun especially after seeing the growth in the Malibu area after last year‘s fires. Pretty easy and good spot for train running. The earlier you get there the better as a lot of people start to show. Have a great hike.

great hike, pretty easy and mostly shaded. great date hike or a nice hike with friends that will get the exercise in but not leave you exhausted afterwards. all the rain has made everything so green and wildflowers are everywhere- yellow ones are mustard and the purple ones are bluebonnets. this was a burn area but it’s become absolutely gorgeous!! love!

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

hiking
bridge out
18 days ago

Badly damaged by the fire.

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Everything is green and lush. First part is very muddy with spots along the way as well. Have to jump or walk across logs to cross some sections of the stream. Waterfall brown and muddy but overall a great hike.

hiking
20 days ago

It can get pretty challenging at the beginning but the views are spectacular and worth it

This trail is open. It's a fire road, you can see all the burned trees and structures. But the heavens have poured down lists of rain and the new growth is lush. A beautiful view awaits u along the way!

on Mugu Peak Trail

no shade
21 days ago

Grueling first 3/4 of a mile, but worth the views from the top.

trail running
22 days ago

Only the way down. It’s nice to see so much green after all the rain. It has definitely reshaped parts of the trail. Still a fun, well defined trail.

trail running
22 days ago

Just a time on the way up. Last time on this trail for awhile. Highly recommended. It’s a nice kick in the face on the way up but it is only a mile so push it out!

2/2019

I came here on a Saturday afternoon with my gf (we were visiting from NY). We aren’t experienced hikers.

We did a 3.3 mi RT with about 350 ft of elevation change.

We got to see some truly beautiful scenes of the ocean and the Santa Monica mountains. including an amazing view of Point Doom!

During the 2 hr. timeframe of our hike, we saw *at least* 30-45 other ppl. One of them helped us find our way after we took an innocent wrong turn that turned into a 25 minute detour

hiking
closed
rocky
washed out
24 days ago

The trail was closed (due to the rains last week), but we saw quite a few people up there nonetheless. I have always loved this trail. We park at the main entrance and walk up a little ways past the bathrooms and such. You end up at the house that had been burned in the fires long ago, and can walk along the side to the waterfall. Although everything had obviously been charred due to our most recent fires, the rain has created the most lovely yellow wildflowers and the waterfall was more amazing that I had seen it. If you cross over the tiny stream, you can continue up a loop (1.9 miles) that will eventually end at the parking again. We have taken friends kids (8 years plus) that have done the whole hike. There is a decent amount of inclines, but lovely spots to take your time and enjoy the lovely scenery.

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