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Best trails in Malibu

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Looking for a great trail near Malibu, California? AllTrails has 77 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 Escondido Canyon Park or Runyon Canyon Park. Ready for some activity? There are 45 moderate trails in Malibu ranging from 1.2 to 11.6 miles and from 13 to 3,057 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 Malibu
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#1 - Solstice Canyon Loop
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
This is an incredibly picturesque, mostly shaded canyon hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Solstice Canyon Trail is a popular, well-maintained route with some spur-trail opportunities for more adventurous travelers. Some of the highlights include the oldest still-standing stone building in Malibu, a small waterfall and creek, and several ruins - including the ruins of a moderate mansion. From the gate, follow the service road that runs along the right side of the creek. Bear right at the dirt road that takes you up to the 2 odd looking buildings that house the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. To the right of the second building, take the Rising Sun Trail. This trail heads up the ridge, with great views of the ocean, then drops down into the somewhat mysterious Tropical Terrace. This is actually the ruins of a home build in the 1960s, and burned in 1982. There are exotic plants, lovely pools, a 30 foot waterfall (if there has been rain recently), and a hidden statue of the Virgin Mary just before you cross the creek heading into the ruins. This is really a fun place to explore! You can carefully scramble up the rocks on an extremely steep trail to get above the waterfall to a number of lovely pools. The return route is a pleasant shady service road that runs parallel to the stream.Show more
#2 - Backbone Trail to Sandstone Peak and Mishe Mokwa Trail Loop
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular Echo Cliffs where rock climbers ascend the cliffs. There are stunning sandstone formations and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak and Inspiration point. Highly recommended. Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area. Show more
#3 - Escondido Falls Trail
Escondido Canyon Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
Fun trail with the first half through residential area. Opens up after with shaded paths and then to the waterfall. Some ropes are there but it becomes steep afterwards.Show more
#4 - Mugu Peak Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
#5 - Mishe Mokwa to Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
These trails sustained significant damage during the Woolsey Fire. The Mishe Mokwa Trail is a beautiful, well-maintained trail that takes you through a variety of landscapes and showcases the scenic views of the Santa Monica Mountains. When combined with Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peaks, the view is improved considerably. This trail takes you from Yerba Buena Road (via Backbone Trail from the second parking lot) to the Mishe Mowka Trailhead and climbs north-west to the shaded Split Rock. Along the way, you'll pass Balanced Rock (on your right). From here, you head west to the (unmaintained) spur to Tri-Peaks. It's 0.5 miles to the summit of Tri-Peaks (3010'), and it's a lot steeper and more rugged than you've come across so far, but it also opens up to arguably the best view on this hike. There's also plenty of rocks to scramble around on, and if you're lucky, a nice breeze to enjoy. When you're done, head back down to the main trail, and make sure to follow the trail markers pointing you towards Sandstone Peak. It's not hard to get turned around here as the trail loops to the east, so if you're headed in the right direction, you should be passing two water tanks to your right. This portion of Backbone Trail continues to climb as you pass Inspiration Point, Boney Peak (in the distance), and then arrive at Sandstone Peak. The climb to the summit (3111') is fairly intense at this point in the hike (5.5 miles in, if you scrambled up to Tri Peaks and back), and it can be a little crowded depending on when you make it here. But you'll be able to read the crazy things people write in the registry, and add your own commentary when you get to the top. When you're done taking in the sights from the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, scramble back down and make sure you take your immediate right to continue east towards to the trail head. From Sandstone Peak, the trail will begin a steady and sometimes sharp decline, as you lose close to 1000' of the elevation you gained getting here in 1.5 miles. If you parked in the second lot, make sure to pass the first marker (signifying the Sandstone Peak Trailhead), and return to the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead, before turning right and heading back to Yerba Buena Road.Show more
#6 - Grotto Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
#7 - Ray Miller Backbone Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
#8 - Sostomo and Deer Valley Loop Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
Excellent hike, strenuous stretches, good workout, great views. There’s a gate as you turn onto Solstice Canyon Road from Corral Canyon Road. This gate opens at 8:00 am. If you want to start earlier, you will have to park on the street.Show more
#9 - Point Dume Cove Trail
Point Dume State Beach
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 48 m
Note: This trail is closed to vehicular access however passive walk ins are allowed. Please check the park page for more information.Show more
#10 - Mishe Mokwa Trail to Split Rock Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
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