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3 Best Hiking and Nature Trails in Malibu, California

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 Natalie Kowalewski
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3 Best Hiking and Nature Trails in Malibu, California

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Malibu's diverse landscapes through exhilarating hikes that wind through rugged canyons, showcase panoramic ocean vistas, and unveil hidden waterfalls.

Embark on a journey of awe-inspiring trails that offer both outdoor enthusiasts and casual adventurers an unforgettable experience in the heart of Southern California with our top 3 hiking spots for your trip to Wander Malibu Beach.

Malibu Creek State Park

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at Malibu Creek State Park, featuring stunning mountains, canyons, and creeks. Hike through the 21+ trails, which are suitable for all skill levels, and discover the famous Rock Pool for a refreshing dip.

Enjoy thrilling adventures like rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding amid iconic filming locations. Parking is $3 per hour or $12 per car per day. The park is pet-friendly, allowing leashed dogs to join in on the fun.

Tip: Check out Rock Pool and Century Lake Trails for an easy 4.4-mile loop or Saddle Peak for a 3.3-mile out-and-back trail. Also, be sure to check out Escondido Falls, a popular hiking trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall. On the weekends, you can find local produce vendors on the roads leading to the canyon. 

Malibu Wine Hikes

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  • Distance from Wander Malibu Beach: 17.1 miles

  • Location: 32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

  • Hours: 9:30AM-5PM Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday; 9:30AM-7PM Friday & Saturday; Closed Tuesday 

  • Phone: (818) 578-4077

  • Website: https://www.malibuwinehikes.com/ 

Malibu Wine Hikes offers a unique and enchanting experience, combining the joys of hiking with the pleasures of wine tasting in the stunning backdrop of Malibu Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains.

As you traverse the picturesque trails, you'll be accompanied by friendly guides who share fascinating insights into the local flora and fauna, making the journey as educational as it is delightful.

The hike culminates at the scenic Saddlerock Ranch, where you can unwind with a curated wine tasting, savoring some of the finest wines produced in the Malibu region amidst the tranquility of nature.

Tip: If you’re not up for walking, you can also book a wine tour in a 4X4 or in a Volkswagen bus!

Topanga State Park 

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Topanga State Park, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, boasts 36 miles of trails, showcasing open grasslands, oak groves, and captivating Pacific Ocean vistas. As the world's largest wildland within a major city's limits, the park offers hiking, mountain biking (restricted to fire roads), and equestrian opportunities.

From the historical Trippet Ranch starting point, trails like Musch Trail lead to Eagle Rock for panoramic views, while the Backbone Trail winds through the diverse landscapes of the Santa Monica Mountains, revealing geological wonders and hidden waterfalls.

For more details on hikes in the area, check out: https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/topanga-state-park 

Tip: Unfortunately, pets are not allowed within park limits. Be sure to note the Topanga Ranger line (310-455-2465 x106) in case you run into any unexpected issues while on park property. Every Sunday, from January 1 through June 30, the Topanga Canyon Docents offer a free guided hike at Trippet Ranch from 10AM to noon.


Need more travel tips? Reach out to Wander's Concierge Team anytime via text at 737-377-3205. They're available 24/7 and can help you plan the best trip ever!

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