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    Malibu, California

    Arroyo Sequit Park

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    "Diminutive Arroyo Sequit Park, a 155-acre former ranch that is now a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, is a bit hidden in one of the more remote parts of the mountains between Malibu and Thousand Oaks.

    This patch of land appears drab and dry at least half the year-but winter rains can transform it instantly into an emerald paradise. Bring the kids here for a little hiking, picnicking, wildflower hunting, or bird-watching."

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    Newport Beach, CA
    Adventurer | 290 pts
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    Fun hike that takes only an hour or so. Easy difficulty level with awesome views. No crowds!
    Ventura, CA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    The trial is overgrown in places, with poison oak and stinging needle. There are some creek crossings that are a big drop off and are not easy to navigate. This is not an easy trail with children and I don't understand why in the description the author mentions taking her children because it is not a child friendly trial. It is not a difficult trial and the grade is not steep but it is single track. My wife is not an experienced hiker and did it with me but you need to about poison oak and have some knowledge of the outdoors.
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    Nice, easy hike; the biggest challenges were some easy stream crossings across some rocks and one culvert otherwise I think my grandma would have done just fine on this trail. The park is secluded and I had it to myself. Views are restricted to mostly immediate surroundings with no real ocean views as the trail dips into a valley. The stream was nice as was the small waterfall. Later in spring might be the time to go to see the wildflowers. The turnoff is easy to miss coming from inland as the only sign indicating the park is from the oceanside. Over all an enjoyable hour and a half hike for approximately 2 miles.
    Torrance, CA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    When we went it hadn't rained in a while... so no waterfall nor river. It's a short hike, moderate, but it takes a while to get there. The sign that says "End of Trial" is not really the end, keep hiking up (instead of going down) to reach the road to take you back to the parking lot. It'll be a great place for dogs! It gets hot there and if you're not from the area, allow yourself some time for traffic.
    Crowley Lake, CA
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    Great for beginners, worthwhile even without the waterfall. Looking forward to going back when there is water running through the park and more in bloom.
    Panorama City, CA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    Very nice trail for a beginner like me; it wasn't too difficult or long. Beautiful views and a cool breeze. There was no one else on the trail and, unfortunately, the waterfall was dry. I will have to re-visit after a good rain.

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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    Allen Riedel
    "Hike along a secluded and lovely interactive canyon loop. Arroyo Sequit is a tranquil slice of the Santa Monica Mountains, encompassing 320 acres of the coastal range. On first glance at a trail map, or the map of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the park seems little more than a dot along Mulholland Highway. Most people drive by and hardly notice. Since there isn’t a sign driving northbound on Mulholland from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), some people trying to stop might actually miss the park and simply keep driving to seemingly grander destinations. That would be a mistake, as the simplicity of Arroyo Sequit is part of its beauty. The loop trail serves as a perfect introduction to one of the lovelier parcels of protected land in the region." Read more
    Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel
    "A short jaunt through verdant meadows peppered with streams and seasonal waterfalls is enticingly close to the extravagance and luxury of prestigious Malibu estates. This trail is ideal for nature lovers seeking solace and a quick getaway in an idyllic setting. There is a restroom and picnic facilities near the ranger residence. This trail is probably one of Malibu's best-kept secrets." Read more
    Laura Randall
    "This low-profile trail off Mulholland Highway in the western Santa Monica Mountains crosses an open meadow, then weaves in and out of a gorge bursting with an impressive variety of wildflowers each spring. Naturalists estimate that the 155-acre park is home to more than 50 species of wildflowers, including Indian warrior, scarlet pitcher sage, monkey flower, deer weed, owl’s clover, bush sunflowers, and morning glory. It is best visited in the spring, when the wildflowers and views of chaparral-covered mountains dominate the trail." Read more
    "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 can experience the park’s considerable charms via a lollipop-shaped trail system that loops through open meadows and dips in an out of the gorge cut by the headwaters of the east fork of Arroyo Sequit. Along the way are grand views of Boney Mountain, western sentinel of the Santa Monicas. Despite a treasure trove of flowering plants, this 155-acre mountain hideaway, now under the stewardship of the National Park Service, receives few visitors. One reason for Arroyo Sequit’s anonymity is its isolation from other parks. Long-planned trails intended to link the park with nearby National Park Service properties such as Malibu Springs and Circle X Ranch have not got off the drawing board and onto the ground. Should the park ever get connected by trail to surrounding destinations, Arroyo Sequit will emerge as a compelling destination or superb trailhead for long rambles through the wild west end of the Santa Monica Mountains." Read more

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