Liberty Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Agoura Hills, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Malibu Creek State Park, and Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 723 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 650 feet.
Liberty Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Liberty Canyon is one of three natural preserves in Malibu Creek State Park. The canyon has a rare stand of California valley oak. This trail leads up the valley floor to the head of the canyon."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Los Angeles (Day Hike Books).
"Across Mulholland Highway from the main body of Malibu Creek State Park is an arm of park land called Liberty Canyon, as lonely a place as you’ll find in the popular state park. It’s an area rich in history, believed to have been continuously inhabited by prehistoric peoples and more recently by the Chumash from 6000 B.C. to the early 1800s. Talopop was the name of the native Chumash village located here; it’s now the name of the loop trail that circles the tribe’s ancestral land. In 1834, the land along Las Virgenes Creek became part of the Las Virgenes Rancho belonging to Domingo Carrillo and Nemisio Dominguez. Dominguez’s daughter Maria married Pedro Sepúlveda in 1859 and the couple built an adobe near the banks of the creek. They raised twelve children in the two-room adobe that still stands near the corner of Malibu Canyon Road and Mulholland Highway."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
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