Nicholas Flat Trail

Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve, California

Elevation Gain1,923ft
Trailhead Elevation22ft
Elevation Min/Max22/1685ft
Elevation Start/End22/22ft

Nicholas Flat Trail

Nicholas Flat Trail is a hiking trail in Malibu, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Leo Carrillo State Park, and Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 22 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,923 feet. This trail connects with the following: Nicholas Ridge Motorway, Willow Creek Trail, Ridgeline Trail, Pond Trail and Meadow Trail.

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"One of the most challenging and rewarding hiking experiences in the Santa Monica Mountains, this trail rises from the coast through four different plant communities to spectacular secluded grasslands. Along the way, you’ll be treated to some of the best views of the Santa Monicas you’ll get on any hike."

"This loop hike in Leo Carrillo State Park leads to Ocean Vista, a 612 ft. knoll with great views of the Malibu coastline and Point Dume. The Willow Creek Trail traverses the east-facing hillside up Willow Creek Canyon to Ocean Vista. The hike returns along the Nicholas Flat Trail, one of the few trails connecting the Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean."

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Trail Information

Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve
Nearby City
Leo Carrillo State Park
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Leo Carrillo State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Trifuno Pass
Local Maps