Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
16 hours ago

Steep climb but well worth it! The trail is exposed and no water available on trail so go prepared.

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
3 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
3 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
10 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.

Tuff trail the elevation is a teal thing

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.

Fire road!

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.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail! We ran into no other hikers either the entire hike. Its a hidden gem of Malibu.

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!

End of July hike; while the creek beds were bone dry, a good majority of Serrano was buggy and green with poison oak. I wasn't wearing any repellant (I know...) and I still made it out alive with most of my flesh in tact. Serrano makes for a really beautiful hike so long as you're not spending most of it trying to run away from biting bugs. If you like green, it might be hard to appreciate the part of the trail that becomes Old Boney - especially in dry grass fields that seem to stretch for miles. I think Old Boney was probably my favorite though, mostly because there were less zealous biting bugs, bu that doesn't change how awesome this trail really was. The climb up was challenging, but there's such awesome desert-y flora on the way. I'd do this again! But with more water, bug repellant, and a mallet for the persistent bugs who won't die.

So my girlfriend and I hiked this one today. We hike at least twice a week between 4-8 miles each hike. This one was definitely not an easy one.
To add to it we kinda took a wrong route before around the campsite and up some little trail of about 2 miles. Wasted energy and end of July heat was so amazing. Lol.
Overall it’s a great hike with beautiful reward at the end. The pond had water btw. It’s a bit of incline for the first 2.5 miles and totally worth it. Not for beginners though. We loved the solidarity cause no one is hiking this trail. We were the only one there. Probably cause it hard with no waterfall reward at the end. Would do it again.

hiking
18 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.

This was an awesome hike. the views are great and even the "non-view" areas toward the back half offer entertainment.

Killer hike.

This loop is great! Started around 8:30am and did both the Balanced Rock and Tripeaks spurs - Tripeaks was well worth the scramble through the heat. Make sure to take note of the trail on your way up as it can get a bit tricky finding the trail on the way down. There's a lot of skree so you'll definitely need solid hiking shoes/boots.

Route: I went counterclockwise and was relieved to have the continual downhill from Sandstone Peak to end the hike. Also meant that I was more on the valley side earlier when it was less hot.

NOTE: Bring plenty of water (with the extra exploring I did I went about 7.5 miles total and almost went through 3L camel back). I wouldn't bring a dog - way too hot for them!

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.

Vistas: I just moved here so this may be uninformed, but I was hoping to have more isolated vistas from which I couldn't see all the houses in the area and some of the development in the valley. Still a great hike and would definitely recommend because when you aren't on top of something that is supposed to be a vista, you actually are pretty isolated and it's quite nice.

Difficulty: Different types of terrain, but this is definitely moderate, easy if you've done your fair share of hiking and are relatively in shape.

Detour tip: To make this hike a little longer I took a 1 mile detour (0.5 miles in and out) on the Tri-Peaks trail and got to a spot that was even more isolated with a learning of alot of rocks and boulders to lay around and chill on.

Sun: Some shade but still lots of sun so don't skimp on the sunscreen and water, especially if you have a dog. Passed several people whose dogs looked dehydrated and one couple who was carrying theirs.

Length: about 3.5h taking it easy with the detour, could easily be done in 2.5h, if not a little faster if you're moving steady.

on Mugu Peak Trail

22 days ago

Fun hike, many mosquitoes though.

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

I did the full trail and I really liked it. There was shade at many parts of the trail but still lots of direct sun. I saw a rabbit and a few lizards. I recommend to go in the morning or late afternoon during summer.

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

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