We had planned to do the Zuma Ridge Trail, but when we arrived, the Zuma Loop, Canyon View, and Ocean View Trails looked much more inviting. I forgot to turn my GPS on, so I don't know exactly how far it is when you combine those three + the Zuma Canyon Trail, but it was a nice walk. I think about 5-6 miles. Lots of sun, lots of shade. Very well marked at very junction. There's a nice long ascent on Canyon View with gorgeous views of Zuma Canyon, and Ocean View Trail offers pretty spectacular view of -- you guessed it -- the ocean + PV and Catalina Island.
It's close to Malibu, so you can hear the traffic on PCH from Ocean View Trail, but nowhere else in the Canyon. Of course, that also means that if you live on the West side, this trail is right around the corner.
Great moderate trail for the location. 5 stars.
This is one of the best short hikes I have done in the Santa Monica Mountains. From the moment you leave the parking lot you are in a different world. You experience the beauty of the coastal canyon but can also return on a different trail that gives you some great views further up the mountain as well as some amazing ocean views. The trail runs right along the side of a very exposed hillside that could be a very hot walk in the middle of summer but otherwise worth the views. The climb out of the canyon from Tropical Terrace might be a bit steep for young children but the climb doesn't last long.
we hike this trail frequently with my son who is eight. the distance from the trailhead to the old house is just enough for him and he loves to explore the ruins. then we love to climb up the creek as far as we can. the boulder hopping is really fun and there are beautiful pools and waterfalls, and, if you keep your eyes open, some very cool fossils and a geocache! just watch out for the poison oak, there is LOTS of it.
This trail has to be the best trail my mother and I have experienced. The amount of things to see, from different plant life, from big trees, to shaded areas (best thing for a hiker) and a waterfall that is great for getting wet. I love this trail.. any other great trails in the Santa Monica Mountains or Los Angeles Forest...
Went up the stream first and returned via Zuma Ridge. Great hike but would recommend doing in reverse. Not a hike for a hot day or when the water level is high. If you like the boulder scrambling, try following the creek upstream in Solstice Canyon.
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