Summary: Lovely walk down oak shaded lane, a stunning rock pool with vertical walls of volcanic rock, and a picturesque lake pretty enough for a calendar. An easy hike with lots of variety. At the Rock Pool, watch rock climbers attempt to scale the Planet of the Apes wall, were the movie of the same names was filmed. When you reach Century lake, make sure to take the path down to the lake, its a truly spectacular place to stop for a picnic. Those with more energy can continue on several miles past Century lake to the site of the old M.A.S.H television series.
Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway, take Las Virgines Road in Agora towards the beach. Just after crossing Mulhulland Road, you will see the Malibu Creek State Park entrance on your right. Park in the second parking lot. (Lat:34.09625 Lon:-118.71646)
Trail Guides for Malibu Creek - Rock Pool, Century Lake:
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney (Olympus Press)
Hiking Trails of Malibu Creek State Park
by Milt McAuley (Canyon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes
Ranger Contact: Malibu Creek State Park, 818-880-0350
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Janneth on 10/28/2010
My wife and I hiked this in September. It had good shade for a majority of the hike. Plenty of rest stops for the novice hiker. You have to foot it quite a distance to get away from the crowd though. Don't expect much from the M.A.S.H. site, and be careful of the uneven and rocky ground about quarter of a mile to the site. Use mid or highs with good tread if you have weak or bad ankles.
Reviewed by Iggy on 10/12/2010
I hike Malibu creek almost weekly. If you get AWAY from the rock pool area and the lake there are some really special places with amazing nature. However most of it requires some significant hiking, rock climbing or boulder jumping. Anyone interested in the Malibu Creek backcountry look me up
Reviewed by Rav on 10/1/2010
We hiked this on a very hot day and had lots of water in our camel packs.It took over 3 hours there and back. There is a main trail and also many side trails all over. We stayed on the main trail and walked past the Mash site (which was very lame and disappointing BTW). If you continue on the main trail, it is just a there and back kind of hike which is mostly flat. On our way back we heard a ton of people laughing and having a great swimming in the mucky pond. I have done a lot of hikes, and there are no views and kinda boring to me. I also parked in the street on the side road by the light, so I wouldnt have to pay $12.
Reviewed by Angela on 9/20/2010
This is a terrible trail! Completely unmarked - i've never been on a trail with worse signage particularly given how many people use this park. And I don't mind paying $12 to park if the State Park is well maintained, but NO signs, no trailhead markings, trash in the creek, the stench of sewage.. no thanks. The trail itself is nothing more than an old road with absolutely no shade so it's quite hot in the summer. The rock pools are cool - if you can find them - but totally crowded. It felt more like the local college pool than a remote wilderness.
Reviewed by Tina D on 9/19/2010
Went there in July on a Saturday. I heard so many good things about this place that I decided to go inspite of the hot weather. I was truly disappointed coz the place was dirty, and the water was grossly green. The trash has not been picked-up and it got scattered everywhere. There were still a lot of people swimming but I definitely would not recommend.
Reviewed by Viewer on 9/12/2010
it is very wonderful place to hike. The trail is very shady and well-maintained. I paid $10.00 in May last year and maybe it is up now. However, it is very nice if you can reach to the Century lake.
Reviewed by RK on 8/16/2010
Human remains found in Malibu State Creek earlier this week are those of Mitrice Richardson, a California woman who vanished after being released from sheriff's custody In Calabsas last September.
Reviewed by Scott on 2/14/2010
LOVE this place - so beautiful in the late afternoon light, perfect for photographers. Parking fees are now $12, getting steep but on the other hand, the State Parks are otherwise so underfunded. I'd rather pay the $12 and have this place open than watch it be shuttered b/c lack of funds. So many interesting "side" trails besides the main trail to the MASH site, yet I rarely see people on them. Saw my first bobcat on the Yearling Trail - amazing!
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