Summary: This is a relatively easy hike that takes you through the grasslands of Malibu Creek State Park, with pleasant views of oak studded rolling hills. The hike starts out on the Grasslands Trail, crosses over Liberty Creek, then connects with the Talepop trail which climbs a ridgeline with nice views of both Liberty and Malibu Canyon. There is very little shade on this hike, so bring a hat and lots of water in warm weather.
Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway, take Las Virgines Road in Agora towards the beach. Turn right on Mulhulland Road and park on the right side of the road a few hundred feet up road after making the turn onto Mulhulland. You will see a trail head for the Grasslands Trail which goes up Liberty Canyon. (Lat:34.10357 Lon:-118.71399)
Trail Guides for Talepop Trail Loop:
Day Hikes Around Los Angeles
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books, Inc.)
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 S.S. on 1/7/2011
This trail starts out close to the road, but you forget that immediately as it explores a great grassy mountain in Malibu Creek State Park. This is a surprisingly great hike. more photos and details here: http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/talepop-loop/
Reviewed by matt on 11/19/2006
Hiked this loop 11/19/06 starting ~7am. You park along the road and then walk past the gate on a paved road towards an electrical sub-station to where the trail starts. We missed where the trail splits and goes up to the crestline on Talepop, so we had to backtrack. The trail along the ridge was very overgrown. The best part of the hike is that we saw two foxes.
Reviewed by Samit on 2/6/2006
This is one of the more beautiful hikes in So Cal. A few hundred feet into the trail and you can see the Malibu Hindu temple on the other side of the Las Virgines road. We did not stick to the trails on this one and decided to explore our own paths. The scenery is breathtaking! The tall mountains surrounded by dense vegetation looks spectacular. There are many streams, some dry and some filled with water. The dried streambeds look beautiful with rocks of multiple colors and shapes. I plan to go there again and this time stick to the trail.
Reviewed by GripArmstrong on 3/30/2005
an uncommon loop trail with a variety of scenery; meadows, brush, rolling hills, oak trees, streams, rabbits. it can be pretty muddy for a few days after a rain, but gorgeously green. there is easy, free parking at the trailhead. the uphill is noticeable, but doesn't last forever. this is my most favorite trail in SoCal becausse of the distance, elevation, and it being a loop trail.
Reviewed by D & D on 12/6/2002
Despite the proximity of the road, very peaceful and pleasant hike. Would be ideal for early morning or evening stroll. Saw white-tailed kite in flight and perched, red-tailed hawk being attacked by kestrel.
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