The park’s trails have something for everyone – from novices to those looking for real challenges. The easy routes wind through the valleys and the challenging tails climb the walls of those valleys. 
Malibu Creek is a great place for serious mountain bikers because of the plentiful steep terrain - especially Bulldog Road and Mesa Peak Motorway (where there are fewer hikers). Beginners can have fun along Crags Road - the main hiking trail through the park. Those seeking additional challenge on two wheels can take on the dry creek bed between Century Lake and the M*A*S*H set.
Crags Road / High Road Loop  from the parking lot , it's 1.5 miles of wide flat terrain along Crags / High Road. Take a left at the “T” over the bridge and circle back on the Low Road.

Mott Road    A perfect, short out and back trail for beginner mountain bikers or family hikes with young children.  2 miles R/T from parking lot.

Crags Road to M*A*S*H set  A rocky creek bed with large boulders makes the going more interesting.  It’s the short but solid uphill climb (approx. 6 mins) that bumps this from “Easy” to “Moderate” 

Crags Road to Forest Trail   Same trail as above except take a left after the small bridge to Forest Trail where you’ll walk among real redwoods planted around 1910. Dead-ends at Century Dam. 

Grasslands Trail   Beautiful hike through rolling hills covered in tallgrass in season

Yearling Trail   On the old Reagan Ranch - runs through the grass near the edge of a wooded area. It’s popular with equestrians and is a little horse-rutted. 

Bulldog Road   It’s a long steep grind and this trail is not for the faint of heart! 1,700 feet of elevation gain over 3.4 miles, but you rewarded with terrific views of the park and the ocean at the top. For those who want a taste of Bulldog but might not be up to the whole climb, they can do what we call Little Bulldog Loop which at just over 3 miles roundtrip takes you into the Malibou Lake community then back into the park. The Big Bulldog Loop is 15 miles from the main parking lot, down through Tapia Park, up the Mesa Peak Motorway across the top and down Bulldog into the park.  

Mesa Peak Motorway   a dramatic 2.5 mile climb along the wall of Malibu Canyon

Both of these routes provide access to the holy grail of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains – the 67-mile long Backbone Trail. 

Thanks to Steve at Ventura County Trails for help with trail text. For fuller descriptions of park trails, please see: 
Rock Climbing
Lots of great climbs from 5.8 to 5.10c are found around the Rock Pool. The easiest to reach is the Planet of the Apes Wall - so named because scenes from the "Apes" films were filmed on and around it.  "Apes" is almost all overhanging routes  Over at the Rock Pool, are another ten routes, some that overhang the water. Fun bouldering here too. 
Horseback Riding
The long gently rolling hills on the old Reagan Ranch provide a classic riding experience. Ron and Nancy spent lots of time on the trails here, you can too. The rest of the park offers great riding from easy to challenging. 
Urban camping at its best!  In the park, you are surrounded by dramatic peaks, majestic oaks and wild creatures, but just minutes away is a posh Albertson’s grocery store and restaurants.

The campground contains 62 tent campsites, flush toilets, solar-heated showers, and four RV campsites. Every campsite contains a fire pit and picnic table but no hookups.

Summers can be hot, so prime time is Fall, Winter and Spring. If you get up early, you'll likely see deer nibbling on grass in the fields near the campground. 

For full campground information and reservations, use ReserveCalifornia:
The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society sponsors bird walks for beginning and intermediate birders the third Sunday of each month at 8 AM starting in the day-use parking area of Malibu Creek State Park. Walks are conducted at a leisurely pace through the oak woodland and riparian forest before heading through more open, grassland habitat toward the visitor's center. Depending on the season and conditions, 35 to 45 species may be seen. Participants are free to come and go as their schedules and interest permit.  Walks usually conclude between 11:30 AM and noon and are cancelled in the event of rain.  For more information:  www.sfvaudubon.org

-Arthur Langton
Painting & more!
Follow your bliss, do what makes you happy including running barefoot through the wildflowers (in season).
A true rarity in Southern California is a state park with a lake!  But we have one. Century Lake is named after 20th Century Fox Studios who owned this land before it was a park. Our small finger lake is perfect for a casual paddle, but keep clear of the dam because that's one steep drop to the other side.  
Thanks Stephanie & Devin!
Special Group Hikes

Would your school, group or company like a special guided hike of Malibu Creek State Park?

It's a great way to share L.A.'s most spectacular park with your students or employees. We're happy to arrange custom hikes for groups of ten or more.

For more information, please contact us at: 

The Malibu Creek Docents     P.O. Box 8998  Calabasas, CA  91372    Contact: Kathy Julian   kathj.33@gmail.com
Website design & admin:    Brian Rooney, R7 Media   310.280.0200    brian.rooney@R7Media.com
For filming & photography:   Ranger Melony Light   818.880.0358   melony.light@parks.ca.gov 
School Walks

Are you an educator looking for a fun and educational outdoor experience? We have docents available to lead school walks and share their knowledge of our park! Your students will hike 3-miles along Malibu Creek with trained, volunteer docents as they explore how plants, animals, and humans (now and historical) are interconnected and dependent on each other. Students will understand the need to preserve and protect the environment in the park and where they live! Please contact Debbie Sabag, our School Hikes Coordinator, for more information at deborahsabag@gmail.com

If you need bus funding and you are a Title 1 School, you and your students may qualify for reimbursement for your field trip costs through passPORTS. Click HERE to apply for a funded field trip. Please direct additional questions on the passPORTS program to malibu.fieldtrips@parks.ca.gov

We look forward to seeing you in our park!
with the Malibu Creek Docents
"Welcome to Malibu Creek State Park"

Starts at 10:00 AM on

  •   Sat April 7  Reptile Welcome Walk  
  •   Sat. May 25
  •   Sat Jun. 8   Movie History Welcome Walk
  •   Sun. Jun. 23
  •   Sat. Oct. 5
  •   Sun. Nov. 17
  •   Sat. Dec. 14

Join a park docent for a leisurely walk under the oaks trees in Malibu Creek State Park.  We'll talk about the plants and animals and cover the Park's unique Hollywood history. 

There's something for everyone in this 2.5 hour walk, whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned park enthusiast. Families are welcome.  

Meet at 10am in the park's Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms. Parking fee: $3 an hour, $12 maximum. For more information, contact docent Dean Arnold at

Hikes, Programs & More!
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