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.
"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
"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
"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