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Best trails in Malibu

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Looking for a great trail near Malibu, California? AllTrails has 76 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 44 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
Top trails (76)
#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 adShow 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 andShow 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
Mugu Peak Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkShow more
#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 scenicShow more
#6 - Grotto Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Grotto Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#7 - 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, Show more
#8 - Ray Miller Backbone Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
Ray Miller Backbone Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number oShow more
#9 - 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
Mishe Mokwa Trail to Split Rock Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#10 - Corral Canyon Loop Trail
Corral Canyon Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
The road leading to this trail may have temporary closures, please check this site for more information: https://dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/Show more
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