Category: Santa Monica Mountains (West)

Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains west of Malibu Creek State Park, including Point Mugu State Park, Zuma Canyon, Circle X, Leo Carillo State Park and more

Trancas Canyon Edison Road

Trancas Canyon Edison Road Location: Northwestern Santa Monica Mountains, south of Agoura Hills and north of Malibu. From Highway 101, take the Kanan Road exit and head south for 6.1 miles. Turn right onto Mulholland Highway and go 0.9 miles to a fork with Encinal Canyon Road. Continue onto Encinal Canyon Road. Trancas Canyon Road…

Trancas Canyon, Malibu, CA

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Nicholas Flat Trail

Nicholas Flat Trail Location: Leo Carillo State Park, 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.  From the end of I-10 in Santa Monica, take Pacific Coast Highway northwest for 27.3 miles. The park will be on the right, shortly past the intersection with Decker Road (Highway 23) and before Mulholland. From the Valley, take Highway 101 to…

View from the Nicholas Flat Trail, Malibu, CA

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Chumash Indian Trail (Zuma Canyon)

Chumash Indian Trail (Zuma Canyon) Location: Malibu. From Pacific Coast Highway (20 miles northwest of Santa Monica; 25 miles southeast of Oxnard) head north on Busch Drive. Follow it 1.4 miles to its ending at the signed Zuma Ridge Trailhead. Agency: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation gain: 1,050 feet Difficulty…

Zuma Canyon, Malibu, CA

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Upper Zuma Ridge Motorway (Encinal Canyon Road to Buzzard’s Roost Ranch)

Upper Zuma Ridge Motorway (Encinal Canyon Road to Buzzard’s Roost Ranch) Location: Northwestern Santa Monica Mountains, south of Agoura Hills and north of Malibu. From Highway 101, take the Kanan Road exit and head south for 6.1 miles. Turn right onto Mulholland Highway and go 0.9 miles to a fork with Encinal Canyon Road. Continue…

View from above the Zuma Ridge Motorway, Santa Monica Mountains, CA

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Yellow Hill Fire Road

Yellow Hill Fire Road Location: Intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Highway, between Malibu and Point Mugu.  From Santa Monica, take Pacific Coast Highway northwest for 27.4 miles and park where possible on the south side of the highway.  From Oxnard, take the Pacific Coast Highway south for 18 miles to the intersection with…

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Yerba Buena Trail (Backbone Trail)

Yerba Buena Trail (Backbone Trail) Location: Western Santa Monica Mountains near the Circle X Ranch.  From the east, take Pacific Coast Highway northwest from I-10 for 24.4 miles to Encinal Canyon Road.    Turn right and follow Encinal Canyon Road for 5 miles, past Charmlee Wilderness Park, and continue onto Lechusa Road.  Go 0.1 miles…

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Mesa Peak from Corral Canyon

Mesa Peak from Corral Canyon Location: Santa Monica Mountains, near Malibu.  From the Pacific Coast Highway, take Corral Canyon (2.3 miles west of Malibu Canyon Road, 0.7 miles east of Latigo Canyon Road) north for 5 miles to its end.  Park at the Backbone trailhead. Agency: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Distance: 6.4 miles…

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