Corral Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Malibu, California. It is within Corral Canyon Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 12 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,763 feet. The Corral Beach (elevation 10 feet) beach is near the trailhead. There is also parking.
Corral Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A small and lightly visited park that protects the only remaining undeveloped canyon in Malibu with a creek ﬂowing freely into the Paciﬁc, Corral Canyon features stellar views of the coast and a unique estuary salt marsh. Hungry hikers will appreciate its proximity to a solid seafood joint, too."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
"Diminutive Corral Canyon Park is one of the newer parcels of open space to be added to the archipelago of public lands known as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A lazily looping hiking trail traverses the park’s grass- and chaparral-covered slopes, inviting your exploration on foot."
--Jerry Schad , Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press).
"Corral Canyon Loop Trail is a footpath for the whole family to enjoy. In this era of budget cutbacks and bean-counting bureaucrats it’s a pleasure to report that a modest expenditure of public monies has created something quite lovely, something enduring, a way to enjoy nature that will be treasured by today’s hikers and generations to follow. Corral Canyon is the last remaining coastal canyon in the Los Angeles County portion of the Santa Monica Mountains with an uninterrupted band of natural land from the ocean to the crest of the range. A mixed woodland of alder, sycamore, willow and coastal live oak lines Corral Creek, which flows from its headwaters high in Malibu Creek State Park down to its mouth at Dan Blocker Beach. The footpath has a hand-built quality that I really appreciate. It’s certainly not the kind of trail that I see all too often these days: a big and wide swath bulldozed over the land by a huge park bureaucracy out-of-touch with hikers and with the great outdoors."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"This accessible 2.4-mile hike begins directly across the street from Dan Blocker State Beach in Malibu. It has a moderate elevation gain of 500 feet and wide-open views of the Pacific Ocean. Combine it with a visit to Malibu Seafood, a popular beachfront eatery next to the trailhead, and you’ve got a perfect southern California day trip.After hitting the trail, you can indulge in a delicious lunch of fresh fish or take a cool dip in the ocean that you just admired from the hills. Look for the trailhead at the southeast end of the parking lot, and follow the path as it descends into a thick forest of oak and willow trees. Soon you’ll cross a pocket of coastal salt marsh and a seasonal river that flows into the ocean to your right."
--Laura Randall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press).
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