Best Trails Near Malibu CA

Malibu has 138 trails in the vicinity, including 101 hiking trails and 29 for trail running. These trails range from 0.5 to 72 miles in length. The longest trail in Malibu is Mulholland Highway Loop a well-known trail measuring 72 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Malibu Creek Loop with Beginner Option, Mishe Mokwa to Mount Allen (Sandstone Peak)Trail and Malibu Bluffs: Malibu Bluffs Trail. Trails.com member Laurel F. recently completed Solstice Canyon Loop.

More information on the best trails in Malibu can be found below.
  • Backbone Trail / Castor Crest

    11 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much of this ride takes place on the Backbone Trail, a path that snakes across ...
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much ...

  • Escondido Falls

    6 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Escondido Falls tumbles 50 ft. into a shallow pool, cascading off limestone cliffs into a mossy fern grotto. The hike to the falls begins on a winding, paved residential road due to trail access ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Escondido Falls tumbles 50 ft. into a shallow pool, cascading off limestone cliffs into a mossy fern grotto. The hike to ...

  • Mishe Mokwa to Mount Allen (Sandstone Peak)Trail

    4 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Dogs are allowed in a few areas of the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Circle X Ranch area is one of the largest. There is ample running room for dogs as long as they are leashed. Astoundingly, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Dogs are allowed in a few areas of the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Circle X Ranch area is one of the largest. There is ...

  • Arroyo Sequit Park

    4 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Arroyo Sequit Park, a former ranch, takes in 155 acres of open meadows with picnic areas and a canyon. From the meadows are panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. In the canyon ...
    •  1.3 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Arroyo Sequit Park, a former ranch, takes in 155 acres of open meadows with picnic areas and a canyon. From the meadows are ...

  • Rising Sun Trail

    4 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Rising Sun Trail is a hiking trail in Malibu, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 400 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  1.3 miles

    Rising Sun Trail is a hiking trail in Malibu, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It ...

  • Charmlee County Park

    4 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Charmlee Park has a network of interconnecting trails throughout its 460 acres. Most of the park trails are old ranch roads. The trails cross grassy rolling meadows, passing oak groves, rock ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Charmlee Park has a network of interconnecting trails throughout its 460 acres. Most of the park trails are old ranch roads. ...

  • Bulldog Loop

    3 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Located in Malibu Creek State Park in Malibu Canyon. Highlights: Great climbing with fast, not-so-technical downhill. There are also a few sights such as small lakes and an old Army jeep which ...
    •  3 hours
    •  15.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Malibu Creek State Park in Malibu Canyon. Highlights: Great climbing with fast, not-so-technical downhill. There ...

  • Cold Creek Canyon Preserve

    3 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    The 700-acre Cold Creek Canyon Preserve has a lush, creek-fed canyon with small cascades and waterfalls. The trail winds down the canyon through chaparral, maples, bays, sycamores, and oak woodlands. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The 700-acre Cold Creek Canyon Preserve has a lush, creek-fed canyon with small cascades and waterfalls. The trail winds ...

  • Malibu Creek Loop with Beginner Option

    2 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    This 15.4-mile loop taxes the legs but rewards the eyes. Mile for mile, it is one of the most scenic tours in all of Southern California. Even the much shorter beginner option is bursting with ...
    •  15.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This 15.4-mile loop taxes the legs but rewards the eyes. Mile for mile, it is one of the most scenic tours in all of Southern ...

  • Malibu Creek State Park Campground

    2 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Situated on a big hunk of the most coveted real estate in Southern California and surrounded by the rapidly encroaching megalopolis of the L.A. area, Malibu Creek State Park Campground is a precious ...
    •  Guide

    Situated on a big hunk of the most coveted real estate in Southern California and surrounded by the rapidly encroaching megalopolis ...

  • Sostomo - Deer Valley Loop: Solstice Canyon Park

    2 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    The Sostomo-Deer Valley Loop ascends the west wall of Solstice Canyon to a 1,200-foot ridge. The trail winds through chaparral and coastal sage with stream crossings, oak woodlands, and grassy ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Sostomo-Deer Valley Loop ascends the west wall of Solstice Canyon to a 1,200-foot ridge. The trail winds through chaparral ...

  • Solstice Canyon Trail

    2 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Solstice Canyon, formerly known as Roberts Ranch, is a lovely piece of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA). It was opened in 1988, and has been delighting visitors ever ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Solstice Canyon, formerly known as Roberts Ranch, is a lovely piece of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area ...

  • Crags Road

    2 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Located in Malibu Creek State Park in Malibu Canyon. Highlights: This is a nice family ride or a good place to warm up your legs at the beginning of the season. It is the set of the old television ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Malibu Creek State Park in Malibu Canyon. Highlights: This is a nice family ride or a good place to warm up your ...

  • Point Mugu State Park: Big Sycamore Canyon Campground

    2 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    A school of dolphins pushing bait fish into the shore, working them around the rocky points—dolphin skin wet black against the blue water—that was my first impression of Point Mugu State Park’s ...
    •  Guide

    A school of dolphins pushing bait fish into the shore, working them around the rocky points—dolphin skin wet black against ...

  • Arroyo Sequit: Arroyo Sequit Loop Trail

    2 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Wildflowers, waterfalls, and a hike to remember are the attractions of Arroyo Sequit Park, a gem of a little preserve located just off Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains. Hikers ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Wildflowers, waterfalls, and a hike to remember are the attractions of Arroyo Sequit Park, a gem of a little preserve located ...

  • Solstice Canyon / Latigo Canyon / Backbone Trail

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    The Solstice Canyon/ Latigo Canyon/ Backbone Trail, on National Park Service property, was opened up largely by the efforts of CORBA. It is virtually all singletrack-very technical, with steep ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Solstice Canyon/ Latigo Canyon/ Backbone Trail, on National Park Service property, was opened up largely by the efforts ...

  • Guadalasco Trail

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Located in Point Mugu State Park, north of Malibu. Highlights: Guadalasco is a fun singletrack without a lot of trail hazards to slow you down. This is a great trail to practice your singletrack ...
    •  3 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Point Mugu State Park, north of Malibu. Highlights: Guadalasco is a fun singletrack without a lot of trail hazards ...

  • Edison Road/ Zuma Ridge/ Backbone Trail

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    It’s baffling that so few people ride Edison Road to Zuma Ridge. Perhaps the reason is that the trailhead is concealed on the side of Kanan Dume Road and closed with a fence that, ironically, ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s baffling that so few people ride Edison Road to Zuma Ridge. Perhaps the reason is that the trailhead is concealed on ...

  • Lajolla Valley Hike-In Campground

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    The La Jolla Valley hike-in tent-camping sites are little known and seldom used. Little info about these campsites can be found anywhere, and you may not believe they exist until you motivate ...
    •  Guide

    The La Jolla Valley hike-in tent-camping sites are little known and seldom used. Little info about these campsites can be ...

  • Escondido Canyon: Winding Way, Escondido Canyon Trails

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Escondido means “hidden” in Spanish—a perfect characterization of this lovely canyon ensconced in the hills above Malibu. Escondido Canyon is hidden from easy view and hidden from better-known ...
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Escondido means “hidden” in Spanish—a perfect characterization of this lovely canyon ensconced in the hills above Malibu. ...

  • Sycamore Canyon/ Guadalasca Trail Loop with Wood Canyon View Trail Option

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    While there are several options available to both the recreational and hard-core mountain biker, this ride offers the best the Point Mugu has to offer. Riding this route in reverse would add ...
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    While there are several options available to both the recreational and hard-core mountain biker, this ride offers the best ...

  • Newton Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    This hike overlooks Newton Canyon along the Backbone Trail between Kanan Road and Latigo Canyon Road. The forested trail winds along the ridge of a dense, oak-filled canyon with ocean views and ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike overlooks Newton Canyon along the Backbone Trail between Kanan Road and Latigo Canyon Road. The forested trail ...

  • Calabasas Peak

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    The Calabasas Peak Trail passes great geological formations. There are tilted sandstone slabs with ribs and large, weathered sandstone outcroppings. Along the trail are views into Red Rock Canyon, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Calabasas Peak Trail passes great geological formations. There are tilted sandstone slabs with ribs and large, weathered ...

  • Red Rock Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Red Rock Canyon is a beautiful canyon with large, weather-sculpted sandstone formations. Some of these eroded outcroppings have shallow caves, overhangs, and arches. Shell fossils can be spotted ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Red Rock Canyon is a beautiful canyon with large, weather-sculpted sandstone formations. Some of these eroded outcroppings ...

  • Circle X Ranch to Sycamore Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Panoramic views with interesting rock formations highlight the early part of this tough course. A short detour from the main trail 1.3 miles from the start leads to Sandstone Peak, the highest ...
    •  1.75 - 3.25 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Panoramic views with interesting rock formations highlight the early part of this tough course. A short detour from the main ...