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The Hiking Guide to Malibu

 

Tired of going to the same city hikes? It’s time to get in your car, drive north and enjoy a day of working out, beach, and restaurants in Malibu. Discover a few hidden trails that you won’t want to miss while you are here. It’s a great way to explore the city and enjoy a full, fun, action packed day by the beach!

M*A*S*H

This is probably the longest hike, which is around 15 miles for the hardest trail and a few miles for the shorter ones! It leads you to the original set of the TV show M*A*S*H at the lot used to be owned by 20th Century Fox. For those of you that don’t know the TV show was a “dramedy” set in a United States Army Mobile Hospital during the Korean War. There are a lot of options on this hike like stopping by to relax at one of the ponds along the way before you get to the set.

Address: 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Cornell, CA, 91301

www.malibucreekstatepark.org/MASH.html

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls is one of the most popular trails around and gets really busy on the weekend! First, you park in a tiny parking lot by PCH and head up the residential road to a little trail that will lead you to the first waterfall. It’s the most beautiful during the colder months of the year when it rains. After a swift break you head over to the top. Be ready to get down and dirty because you have to rock climb up with no clear direction. There will be lots of people and ropes to guide you through it until you reach the top waterfall.

Address: 27200 Winding Way, Malibu, 90265

www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=12

Solstice Canyon

This is  more of a scenic hike and takes places mostly under the trees. There are a few hills and climbing opportunities for the more adventurous types! At the end of the road there’s a house that was  burned down in the 2007 fire. The whole place kind of feels like a ghost town and has many strange symbols and statues all over. During the rainy seasons there’s some waterfalls at the end and you can even keep going up for a better calorie burn count.

Address: 3455 Solstice Canyon Road, Malibu, CA, 90265

www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/solsticecanyon.htm/index.htm

Corral Canyon/Jim Morrison Cave (this has now been closed!)

Yes you heard me right! There’s an actual cave that has a “birth canal”, which is pretty much a small opening that you have to squeeze yourself through to get to the cave where Jim Morrison of the Doors used to get inspired and write his song lyrics. I’d like to think it’s true! This place is not easy to find because there’s a few trails leading up to it and there are no signs for the cave. The best way is to ask around or dive into the bushes to see what you might find!

Address: Top of Corral Canyon Road up from the 76 Gas Station, Malibu, CA, 90265

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