Explore the most popular birding 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.

This trail is the cure for a stressful work week

Biggest lizards I’ve ever seen on a trail! Views are amazing, be prepared for switchback hell

hiking
7 days ago

I love this trail. Although some on here have said that it is an easy trail and good for beginners, I will disagree. I’d place it at intermediate. I am an ex smoker, and though I’ve been doing this trail for over ten years, I still find it challenging at times. Best to go on an overcast day or early in the morning, as it can get quite hot. However, if views are your thing then go on a clear day and you won’t be disappointed.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful views the whole time! I would rate this loop as “strenuous”. Bring lots of water and spf. There are also some very rocky downhillls. Ocean views are glorious! Have fun!!

Really enjoyed this. Challenging, beautiful views & well-marked trails. Took my little chihuahua with me and had a blast. Not very packed on the day I went (monday afternoon). Go to the tippy top to see the statue. The rock can be challenging to scale but both my chihuahua and I did it just fine.

Gate was closed today. Bummer!

It was challenging for our pooch but over all the trail was great and spectacular view ... the formation of the rocks were picture perfect and would love to come back more often!!! Next time best to bring extra water esp when the weather is warm... luckily hikers were kind enough to share to us their water... after seeing us had to carry our voluptuous med sized dogs :-) pack some lunches .. great idea to stop for a picnic... there are some tables when u reach halfway. Pay attention where you park... there are 2 parking lots and we could not find our car

Good view. Can get really hot in sunny days

The parking is 8$ but you can also find parking on the side street. it’s safer if you park your car inside. Amazing view! The hike is easy but you get a good workout. I definitely recommend this hike if you want a great ocean view

Long, winding, and beautiful drive to one of the two parking lots. Great job place at the top to have a lunch or snack.

Great hike. Not too hard and gorgeous views. No shade so glad I did it before summer.

hiking
21 days ago

Great views and pretty simple hike. You can extend it at various levels and take in the pacific air. If you’ve never hiked, this is a good starter hike. Sunsets are a must from the crest so bring light for the way down. Enjoy!!

mountain biking
25 days ago

Fast fire road. Nothing special, but has access to many other MTB and hiking trails. Excellent for beginner riders and hikers. When starting from the Potrero side, you'll have a couple hundred foot climb at the end.

This is a fantastic hike, I wouldn’t call it easy because there is some climbing involved but not enough to dissuade beginners. There is lots of shade but probably best to do this hike on a cool or foggy day.

Pretty easy hike. First few miles are uphill. Great views, lots of wildflowers, beautiful!! Lots of mountain bikers...all friendly and courtesy sharing the trail.

Not that too tough of a hike. Loved the shade and the destination was beautiful.

Ok- this is a beautiful landscape to hike in, and I am glad I did it...however, a couple things of note: the map at the trail designated this as strenuous, not moderate, and it is 6 miles—
There are LOTS of paths that are like river beds without water, and almost no flat ground to walk on for the last 2 miles downhill of the hike. There are several places where you have to actually climb up and through boulders to continue on.
Sandstone Peak is not an actual path...it is actually an incline of rocks, sandstone, and a few large steps...at the top, it was gorgeous, but not for anyone afraid of heights...or falling...there are no guard rails, paths, etc. Again, I am glad I went, but small kids would have struggles, and it was tough!!

Great workout! Very limited parking and it fills up fast!

Beautiful and fun

Love this hike, I love the feeling of reaching the flag and enjoying the beautiful Southern California views!

first time really like it

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely kicked my ass!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Loved it. Not many people on it when I was hiking. Beautiful views.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice beginner X-country type mountain bike trail. Nice climb up to about 1100ft or so, then you get to shred down Backbone. Fast and flowy.

I've hiked this route as well when I don't have time for anything else. If you're a beginner or only hike in the Santa Monicas, this would probably be considered "moderate". But if you frequent the San Gabes or San Bernardinos, this trail will be quite easy. Good place to get your feet wet with trail running as well!

Crowded, but scenic. Watch out for other bikers and hikers.

Fantastic trail. Gradual incline to the top. Very easy hike. Stunning views of the ocean throughout the entire hike. Ocean breeze and sounds and sight of the ocean all the way to the top of the mountain. This hike will not disappoint!!!

Really amazing trail. Many for the in-depth information posted here and the ribbons/yellow paint markers along the way!

Great hiking trails for family and your paw babies.

Went on this hike recently. Had some issues figuring out where the waterfall was located. Got turned around a few times trying to refer to the alltrails map. We could see the falls so we ended up taking a little side trail off of the Backbone trail and made it up to the falls. Absolutely beautiful, with lots of running water and a few tiers to it. We even climbed up the side of it further and there were more trails on top of the falls. Really great hike, would recommend!

Easy hike , good for kids and nice waterfall at the end. Can climb the hill next to falls if you are up to it. Be careful of loose rocks.

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