Top Adventures in Malibu

  • Hike to the Top of Point Dume

    From the parking lot, make your way towards Point Dume. You will find the entrance to the trail at the end of the lot. The trail is a bit sandy, but fairly easy. Be careful of the cactus plants along the trail!Make your way up towards the cliff an...

    1 miles 100 ft gain

  • Beach Hike to Paradise Cove From Point Dume

    You will start your beach-hiking to Paradise Cove from Point Dume which is located 20 miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). On PCH, take left on Westward Beach Road and follow it to the end. Try to park as close to the end of...

    4 miles 300 ft gain

  • Rock Climb at Point Dume

    There are a couple of different ways to get to the rock, but the easiest will be at the end of Westward Beach Rd. The rock is impossible to miss as you drive further down the beach. Once parked, which I believe you have to pay for beyond a certain...

  • Hike to Escondido Falls

    This 3.8 mile out-and-back hike takes place on a very easy to use trail. The first 0.75 miles on Winding Way are paved, leading you up to Escondido Canyon Trail. As you head up Winding Way, it’s safest to stay on the side of the road on the dirt. ...

    3.8 miles

  • Surf Zuma Beach

    Zuma is a 3 mile stretch of beach in Malibu with a fun beach break and a great place to chill. Zuma is known for being cleaner than other beaches in LA and there are restrooms, food, and parking all up and down the beach. Paid parking on the beach...

  • Hike the Rising Sun Trail, Solstice Canyon

    To reach the trail, head up the stairs from the parking lot, giving glimpses of the coast. In 0.1 miles, after crossing a paved road, turn right onto Rising Sun. For an easier hike through the canyon, take Solstice Canyon Trail, which is a mix of ...

    6 miles 800 ft gain

  • Explore El Matador Beach

    There's something magical about this strip of beach and it never fails to deliver at sunset. Lined with strange and jagged rock formations/caves, there are endless opportunities for finding unique compositions and new perspectives. Although it's b...

  • Hike the Backbone Trail via Kanan Dume

    Fair warning, it can get very hot in Malibu, especially in the summer or fall.We started at the Kanan Dume Road lot. It fills up quick, both directions offer beautiful hiking, but most people tend to go west, it seems. While that's beautiful, you ...

    5 miles 672 ft gain

  • Hike to Newton & Zuma Canyon Falls

    Three waterfalls in one short hike?!...I'll take it! That's what you'll get if you make the visit to these falls in the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu. The trailhead starts on Kanan Dume road, which is also where the Backbone trail meets. Park i...

    2 miles -600 ft gain

  • Hike the Backbone East from Latigo Canyon

    Starting in a dusty, generally empty parking lot, at about 2,000' ASL, you'll go immediately due north, up a few more feet before you drop down into another canyon covered in live oaks (and poison oak), thistles, ferns, and wildflowers. There's on...

    3.8 miles 780 ft gain

  • Hike to Jim Morrison Cave

    ...Deep in the heart of the Malibu canyon lies a cave that many are not familiar with. It's painted in bright pink, and graffitied in other exotic colors. Some in honor and tribute of Jim Morrison and the Doors, and others that's just scribble scr...

    1.2 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike the Backbone Trail via Corral Canyon

    The backbone trail was a vision that started in the 1980’s. It is a trail that stretches 65 Miles starting in Will Rodgers State Historic Park and ending at Thornhill Broome Beach. It has many entrance and exit points but it is anchored in the mid...

    2 miles 500 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Santa Paula, California

      Ventura Ranch KOA

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      Santa Barbara Island

      Overview Once visitors have scaled the rugged cliffs using the steep trail from the Landing Cove, they will be rewarded with a campground perched on the bluffs with magnificent coastal views. Sant...

    • Acton, California

      Acton / Los Angeles North KOA

    • Smugglers Road

      Santa Cruz Scorpion

      Overview Fantastic ocean views and relaxing beach time is practically guaranteed at Scorpion Canyon Campground, the most family-friendly campsite on Santa Cruz Island. Set on the eastern part of t...

    • Ojai, California

      Wheeler Gorge

      Overview Wheeler Gorge Campground is a great place for families to explore the Los Padres National Forest all year long. Informative tours of the area are led by forest rangers at the nearby visito...

    • Castaic, California

      Pyramid Lake Emigrant Landing Day Use Area

      Overview This facility does not accept reservations. Emigrant Landing is the largest day use recreation area on beautiful Pyramid Lake. Located just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, it is the perfect ...

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