Malibu Creek State Park

7-19-08 photos of a hike around Malibu Creek in Malibu Creek State Park, located on Malibu Canyon Road near Mulholland Drive.  Before this land became a State Park it was owned by Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan and 20th Century Fox.  The creek has water all year, the area is very scenic and has miles of trails.  The pictures on this page were taken on the trails very close to the day use parking area not far from the main entrance off Las Virgenes Rd.  Look for the "Backcountry Trails" signs.

A trail map can be found on the State Parks website at http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=25320.  More detailed trail maps are available, ask for a copy at the entrance.  Day use parking is $10 or use your State Parks Annual Day Use Pass.

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Hiking Safety:
make sure to bring plenty of water, trail maps, wear the appropriate hiking gear and check weather conditions.  All wilderness areas have potential hazards such as mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poision oak, poison insects.  Please see more wilderness saftey tips on our Safety Page.  

Wildlife found in the Malibu Creek watershed include southern pacific rattlesnakes, steelhead trout, the southwestern pond turtle, Arroyo toad, Pacific tree frog, American goldfinches, song sparrows, coyotes, deer and mountain lions.

External Links:

Official Malibu Creek State Park Page, California State Parks website:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614

Description of the complete hiking trail at Malibu Creek--the photos on this page show only the beginning of the hike described here:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=25212

Trail Map & description of the Malibu Creek Trail:
http://hike-la.com/hike_malibu_creek_trail.html

Malibu Creek Rock Pool & Century Lake hiking report on Local Hikes
http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/MalibuCreek_4472.asp

Another Malibu Creek Rock Pool hiking report, very nice with pictures!  (I think I would choose to swim):
http://www.laist.com/2007/04/08/photo_essay_malibu_creeks_rock_pool.php

If you like fish or fishing this article might interest you, Steelhead Trout in Malibu Creek:
http://fishwithjd.com/2007/05/24/malibu-creek-steelhead-hanging-by-a-thread/