Looking for a great trail near Malibu, California? AllTrails has 72 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 in Zuma and Trancas Canyons, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Escondido Canyon Park or Corral Canyon Park. Ready for some activity? There are 40 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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hiking
2 days ago

Go left at the fork

Trail is open and cleared and BEAUTIFUL.

Beautiful views but zero shade so go early. Do NOT forget plenty of H20. I went through 3 liters and was worried about running out 3/4 way back. Interesting building on way up. Rock formation and cave like area toward the turn around point.

hiking
5 days ago

This was a hard trail but it was fun. You get unbeaten views of the mountains behind and open ocean views. Left side of the actual peak is steep and the right side is more gradual.

Went about 0930 and had some shady spots on the west side of the hills. It’s a nice easy climb for the most part with views of the PCH and ocean. The ocean breezes were welcomed. Parked near trailhead ($3/hr or $8 all day) and no cell service in parking lot. Couldn’t started my lifeline, but handful of people on the trail if I needed anything. Hands down, great trail run!

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

Steep incline with no shade practically the whole way but a great workout. Beautiful views and a lovely breeze to cool you off. We’ve been using this trail to train for Mt Baldy.

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

Nice short hike before an afternoon at a nearby beach. Bottom part is mostly paved and in AM shade. Take the Rising Sun trail out for canyon and ocean views. 400 ft climb but worth it.

I’ve done this trail 3 times now. I prefer going clockwise at the split at the top of the first climb. Steeper uphill, but I prefer that to the long gradual climb of the counter-clockwise route. Both routes start with a steep first half mile. Don’t quit! Not much shade, and it gets hot, so I recommend a launch time of 7am or earlier. Bring ample water - there have been some incidents of heat stroke on these trails. Taking breaks to enjoy the views you can still complete the 6.3 miles in about 3 hours.

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

Beautiful views. Busy beach. Short hike. Cool spot for pics. Easy hike that’s kid friendly

hiking
no shade
9 days ago

hiking
over grown
11 days ago

This was a fun trail! Not spectacular, but it was still pretty. A short and sweet hike. There’s a good half of a mile where it’s awfully overgrown which is annoying. DEFINITELY wear pants and not shorts or you’re in for some scratches. Not a long hike either, I think we took about an hour and a half to finish it. Parking is challenging though; try to park on the street because it’s free. But don’t park in a no park zone and get a ticket like we did.

hiking
11 days ago

intense from beginning to end!!

hiking
12 days ago

9/2/19 this trail is physically demanding. Anyone can do this trail, but depending on your fitness level you may need to stop to catch your breathe. The first ~1.3 miles you will be walking uphill. It’s very well paved, a little bit of loose gravel and rocks so watch your step. There is a parking lot on the bottom that seems to get pretty full. The trail itself is busy too. The marine layer made the first .5 miles foggy but once you get up to the peak it’s a beautiful view that makes you feel like your on top of the clouds. Would definitely do this again even just to get in a good workout.

hiking
closed
no shade
12 days ago

I parked on Fernhill and walked to the trailhead, taking the first one available out of three. There are so many trails available although much of them show “closed” signs or are roped off. It appeared that people paid little to no attention and just climbed over onto various trails and flat areas of this hill anyway. The views are beautiful and I saw one point that had several clips in the rock for climbing. I saw people were able to get down to the beach but I didn’t go that far, I just explored the various trails and views. There are very little spots with shade so make sure you wear sunscreen and hydrate — you could potentially spend hours and hours here! What a spot.

rocky
scramble
12 days ago

Beautiful place. Came here on Labor Day 2019.09.02 around 10:00am. Thought we would have enough time before the tide started to rise but we made it halfway to point Dume before things got dangerous. The water was crashing in pretty hard with a strong current and we couldn’t get past a cliff with large rocks. We decided to turn back and most of the trail (beach) we had just crossed was now covered with the incoming tide. I want to be clear that there is no trail! You walk to Paradise Cove and then you just keep walking North up the beach. The gated walkways someone else was talking about are people’s backyards. So don’t climb their private stairs looking for a trail. I didn’t wear any shoes and I had a challenging time hiking across the rocky terrain. My right foot stepped hard on a jagged rock and there’s a little bit of tenderness. You want to be sure you only attempt this trail as others have stated during low tide. It gets really choppy out there!

It was a hot day. The trail doesn't have a shadow. I would say easy one with a great view.

Hilly but the view is nice. The end of the trail is a little overgrown but it’s not too bad.

hiking
no shade
12 days ago

I hiked this trail on 9/2/2019, while there was a group of people missing... several were recovered and one died :( HEAT EXHAUSTION IS REAL GUYS — YOU GOTTA PREPARE!!

First half was slow incline and mostly shaded. You are walking next to a stream also. A mile in you get to some ruins of old buildings that are really cool. Right behind them is a cool waterfall area which you can walk next to but you can’t get in. The next part of the trail is pretty steep switchbacks which were tough with kids. The weeds were overgrown but still doable. After you get to the top it’s a mix between semi steep and slow incline down to where you start the trail. Overall great train but would probably better in the Spring.

hiking
13 days ago

The first mile is very steep but the views are worth it and then you have a nice easy run down. I got there at 6:45 am and the parking lot is already full so be ready for crowds

hiking
bugs
over grown
13 days ago

Nice, but we started late. Get there before 5 in the summer, early September. We saw a trickling brook, not sure if that was the waterfall. Will be back to do the entire trail earlier next time.

hiking
over grown
13 days ago

Done Sandstone Peak a bunch of times and loved it. This was my first time attending the loop. Going counter clockwise, the trail is nearly impossible to find at Split-Rock. I ended up lost for about two hours in some dangerous overgrown areas before finding the trail and returning unsuccessfully the way I came in.

Loved this trail so much! Beautiful views, amazing history, water, waterfalls, varied terrain- 7.1 miles was our total distance. Beautiful & worth it- bring lots of water

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