Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

No waterfall and currently there is a foul smell where the waterfall is located. I suggest coming back after it rains, usually this is a nice hike.

trail running
5 days ago

Great workout! Quite steep going uphill and going left at the T intersection. Bring lots of water and bug repellant. I was swating mosquitos the whole time. Still got bit 27 times!
The only reason I don’t give it a 5 star is there’s no facilities at the trailhead and parking is really limited. Fortunately most people don’t stay that long. Also, it’s quite popular on weekend mornings so the trail can get pretty crowded.
The view at the peak is spectacular!

walking
5 days ago

Water fall is empty at times but a great short trail.

Nice down and up loop trail. Well maintained. I went in August so pretty dry but plenty of shaded trail. Interesting view of a satellite station. Cool Ranger Outpost and seated areas at entrance. Don’t blink or you will miss the parking lot. Surrounded by million dollar properties. If your looking for more of a challenging climb go right at start of loop. If your like me and go the path of least resistance go left.

road biking
11 days ago

I got there around 10am on a Saturday. Parking in the gated lot is $15 if you plan to be there a long time and hang out at the beach. I went to bike only, so I parked just outside the lot at a small metered parking area of about 6 stalls. It was $0.25/15 minutes. There was also plenty of free parking along PCH, but not easy to get the bike down the guardrail to the bike path. Bike path is actually the driveway shared for parking lot access. For one hr I had time enough to do the length of the path twice, assemble and disassemble front wheel, took some pictures. The path between parking lot and sand is a no bike zone. Plenty of restrooms along the way and not crowded.

I would rate moderate. Bring this app with gps with you as it’s easy to go off course. It’s not labeled well at all the forks in the path, saw we were off course on the gps and had to back track a few times. Parts are narrow with lots of brush but also has well kept parts and a bench by the lake for a break. Also saw a rattle snake so be careful. Entrance to trail head is confusing.

Too many rocks on the trail but the trail is really clean and the views are amazing! It gets a bit dangerous towards the top. You’ll have to climb the rocks so be careful! As for parking, there’s a parking lot across the entrance of the trail and it’s free.

The beginning of the trail to the waterfall is easy. If you decide to continue up the trail to the left you’re at an incline until you reach the Deer Valley Loop. That’s another mile-ish loop and then you go back down the way you came.
There isn’t much shade on the trail, only when you reach the abandoned structures along the way.
It’s really woodsy in some areas with streams, and there are lots of birds & lizards. Overall very beautiful, and quiet on the harder trail.

A little harder than moderate at some of the road diversions. Warm and sunny! Loved it. You can see the ocean from some spots.

Easy hike and great for kids. Lots of colorful dragonflies this time of year.

Such a lovely introduction into my first day of camping at Point Mugu! Even with the clouds blanketing a majority of this hike, the trail itself (at least the visible pieces) were beautiful and what I could make out below from above was also stunning. I didn't loop it as the final decline looked steep and was thick with clouds. Definitely again!

hiking
20 days ago

Spectacular views. Hike is rigorous due to the steepness going up. Return hike is all down hill. I recommend hiking shoes and poles would be helpful. Bring plenty of water with you.

Killer hike.

This hike was definitely not easy. It was more moderate than easy. It starts off easy but then gets harder when you start going uphill. It gives you a great workout for your thighs and glutes, though! Lots of breathtaking views. We saw a small snake so be cautious! Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a challenge. I rated 4 stars but I don’t think I’ll be going again. Also, directions will lead you to an entrance of the trail but if you continue driving a bit further down, then it will lead you to a dead end where you can park and there’s another entrance to the trail. Have fun!

Strenuous but relatively short climb (1 mile from PCH trailhead to flagpole.) great views. However, the mosquitoes are fierce, especially early - we started ~7am to avoid heat and even used DEET but still came away with lots of bug bites. So it’s a toss-up in the summer....heat vs bites. Consider going when sun has hit hill and fewer mosquitos are out, may help.

Nice place to hike. Scenic trail is single track and a bit steep in parts, but definitely do-able for most. Overlook trail to top is mostly fire road. Pay to park is $12 all day or $3 an hour at pay machine.

Great hike!! The ruins are quite interesting. Nice that they have a write-up on the home that used to be, complete with pictures. The falls were very nice, even though a bit light, as there has been no rain lately.

We wanted to take the entire loop, so we made the decision to follow other hikers’ advice and start out on the Rising Sun Trail. Taking this way gets the steep incline portion out of the way in the first leg of the hike, which really helped to make the rest more enjoyable.

At first we thought the falls were closed, because of an early sign saying “area closed”, but this is misleading. There is another way to the falls just behind the ruins, as this was essentially their back yard.

The way back alternated on a paved road and hopping over the tiny stream, and it was really nice...easy.

on Mugu Peak Trail

24 days ago

Fun hike, many mosquitoes though.

Loved it so much nature to see and explore and not a hard hike at all.

Where the trail ends the real fun starts : boulder jumping and climbing, canyoneering....

Intense yet beautiful!! Worth every step of the way up!!!

Trails on trails. Good view for the majority of hike

Nice hike, not too difficult but definitely a good workout. The trail is pretty narrow and there's lots of horse poop all along the 4+ miles. Had to keep stopping my dog from trying to eat it. Eew! My dog did get a tick on this hike so use bug spray and check yourself and your furry friends after.

When I went on this hike on July 14th, the trails were poorly maintained. So much of the grass and brush was overgrown that for 40% of the hike you’re walking on a path a foot wide, with plants scraping at you up to you waist. The trails are also not clearly marked. The trail has little shade as well. The view of the ocean is nice, but the majority of the hike is in overgrown grass, and this view could similarly been seen by driving to an overlook. I would avoid this hike.

You can hike this trail a couple of different ways. At the trailhead you’ll start up a moderately steep incline. Eventually you’ll come to a fork. If you hike this loop counter clockwise, it snakes back and forth up the incline gradually. If you want a real challenge, hike the loop CLOCKWISE. It’s much more rewarding to basically crawl vertically to the top of the point. Once at the top, stop and stay a while. We hiked down continuing clockwise, which was gorgeous as well. Talk about views. Take plenty of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with lots of great places to stop and admire nature! I would rate it a "medium" instead of "easy" since it's mostly uphill/downhill. We will definitely be hiking here again!

Easy stroll. Good to see and hear sea lions.

Great views but it’s a hard trail

The view is so amazing.

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