Crags Road

Malibu Creek State Park, California

Elevation Gain540ft
Trailhead Elevation768ft
Elevation Min/Max499/768ft
Elevation Start/End768/768ft

Crags Road

Crags Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Kaslow Natural Preserve, Udell Gorge Natural Preserve, and Malibu Creek State Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 768 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 540 feet. The Century Lake (elevation 663 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bulldog Motorway, Mott Road, Rock Pool Trail, Waycross Drive, Malibou Lake Dam Spur, Forest Trail, High Road, Lookout Trail, Lost Cabin Trail, Chaparral Trail and Lake Vista Trail.

Crags Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 series, M.A.S.H. Hazards: This is a frequented spot for hikers and equestrians. $5.00 fee."

"Malibu Creek State Park, one of the three large state parks in the Santa Monica Mountains, offers connecting trails from the coast to the south and west. The variety of terrain and natural features enables cyclists to enjoy a diversity of riding experiences. There are suitable rides in this area for mountain bicyclists of all levels."

Crags Road Reviews

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The Mash site is only a couple hundred feet from that rocky creek bed. I had to walk too, and the Mash site (a burned Jeep and ambulance) was right around the corner. I think it was worth pushing the bike for a bit. This is such a beautiful area to ride. Up the trail past the Mash site is a dead end and a water fall at the dam at Malibu lake. There is a picnic bench under a tree. A perfect place for a break.
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We visited this trail with our two children aged 10 and 12 since it was rated as "easy". We never made it to the Mash site. The "try to ride through the rocky creek bed" comment is a large understatement. Although very easy in the beginning, the rocky bed is very difficult terrain and after awhile of trying to walk our bikes through it we gave up and turned back. Not for beginners.

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Trail Information

Malibu Creek State Park
Nearby City
Malibu Creek State Park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 818-597-9192
Local Contacts
Fine Edge Productions' Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Topo Map
Local Maps

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Sep 2018