About Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, California
About six miles inland from the beaches of Malibu you’ll find Malibu Creek State Park. This park is a hiking destination with many trails meandering about this portion of the Santa Monica Mountains. Horses are allowed on several of the trails including the Saddle Peak Trail and the Yearling Trail. Additionally bicyclists can explore the Backbone Trail and the Grassland Trail. Note that dogs are not allowed on any of the trails (except service dogs).
Three natural preserves making up about one-third of the park provide protected habitat for flora and fauna that are endemic to this mountain range. Each of these preserves, Udell Gorge, Liberty Canyon and Kaslow Natural Preserve, are accessed by trails. The map on this page shows all the trail
Fishing in the upper reaches of Malibu is allowed with a license and rock climbing and bouldering is popular on “Apes Wall” near the visitor center.
Other popular destinations within the park include Malibu Creek Rock Pools (no swimming due to bacteria, but it’s a beautiful spot), and Century Ranch where the TV shows including M*A*S*H and movies including Planet of the Apes were filmed. Sepulveda Adobe and the Mott Adobe Ruins are other unique places to seek out.
Picnic areas with accessible restrooms are provided throughout the central part of the park and even a campground with over 60 camp sites is available for reservations through ReserveCalifornia.com.
To find Malibu Creek State Park simply drive uphill on Malibu Canyon Road N1 (becomes Las Virgenes Rd) which begins just west of Malibu Lagoon State Beach on Pacific Coast Highway. Look for the sign and entrance to the park on the left 6 miles from PCH.
- 1925 Las Virgenes Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
- (818) 880-0367
- Visit website
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