The 5 Best Hikes in Malibu

January 18, 2021
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The 5 Best Hikes in Malibu

You can go to just about every corner of the world, and still, people will recognize the name Malibu. Not only is it one of the most recognizable cities on the planet, but it’s also one of the most desired, prestigious, and beautiful places, known for its reputation as the premier beach city of the Western hemisphere. 
Being able to call Malibu home is one of those things that just about anyone who gets the chance to take a lot of pride in. After all, the city is home to the best beaches in the world. Plus, the trademarked laidback Malibu lifestyle, who wouldn’t want that? Not to mention, it has everything you could ever imagine, with the relaxed vibe of a beach town, but also the luxury amenities offered by a first-rate city. Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s arguably the most famous city in the world, or it could be the fact that there is no better city on this planet, sorry -- we’ll stop humblebragging now!
When it’s all said and done, we’re just extremely proud to call Malibu home and serve the people of this community by doing the thing that we love the most. Whether in Malibu Colony, along the Pacific Coast on Carbon Beach, or in Big Rock Mesa, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find a Malibu resident who doesn’t feel the same exact way.
Although Malibu is most commonly associated with its beach lifestyle that includes world-class dining, surfing, people as beautiful as the beaches, and the best lobster rolls west of the Mississippi, it’s also home to some of the greatest and most scenic hiking trails on the West Coast.
We’ll be taking a look at some of these world-class trails today and revealing to you what the top 5 hikes in all of Malibu are, according to the locals!

Let’s take a look!


Corral Canyon Loop

At just about 2.5-miles all the way around, the Corral Canyon Loop trail is one of the best hikes in Malibu if you’re hoping to get beautiful views of the Pacific Coast without working too hard. The loop does take you about 525-feet above sea level, so even though it’s labeled as an easy hike, it could potentially be challenging for some, especially if you decide to go on a warmer day.
Despite the fact that you can go in either direction to start, we highly recommend going on the trail towards the left when you first start because the views of the Pacific will get more and more breathtaking as you go along and climb higher up!

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Located on the western part of Malibu, Charmlee Wilderness Park is a 532-acre has more hiking trails than just about anywhere else in all of Malibu. While the most popular hike in the park is the Ocean Overlook Loop Trail, there are about 8 miles worth of other trails throughout the park that range in distance and experience levels. Before heading to Charmlee Wilderness Park, we always recommend double-checking to make sure that it’s open since the area has been damaged by wildfires in recent years.

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls is without a doubt one of the most popular hiking trails in all of Malibu, with people from all over California coming here on weekends to go along the winding path that eventually takes you right up to one of the biggest waterfalls in California. During the summer, you’ll find plenty of people soaking in the 150-foot waterfall, cooling off in the small pool beneath it. While the actual hike to get there isn’t very challenging, even for most beginners, you will have to jump over some streams that could potentially get your shoes wet and muddy, so don’t wear your white sneakers! 

Solstice Canyon Hiking Trail

Solstice Canyon is another one of those trails where no matter what time of the day you go, you can expect to be accompanied by plenty of other people enjoying the hike beside you and with good reason! Solstice Canyon is the perfect 3-mile long loop for intermediate-level hikers that takes you along both scenic views, and even an abandoned home is known as the Tropical Terrace Ruins, which was destroyed by a fire in the early ‘80s. In addition to that, you’ll also walk past the Keller House, which is a historic hunting cabin that will eventually take past a gorgeous waterfall, before heading up to the most incredible views in all of Malibu at the top of Rising Sun Trail. 

Zuma Canyon

Last but certainly not least, Zuma Canyon offers perhaps the most difficult hike on our list, with a 10.8-mile loop that is no easy task. The trail takes you up and down Zuma Ridge and Zuma Canyon with breathtaking views of the Pacific to the west and beautiful views of the rolling hills to the north and east. Zuma Canyon is definitely not for the faint of heart, so unless you’re looking for a challenge, we suggest you look elsewhere! Luckily for anyone bold enough to complete the hike, you can reward yourself by cooling down at the incredible Zuma Beach right next to it!

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