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Malibu Creek State Park

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • Day use area and main parking lot at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Day use picnic area at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Grasslands in Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • View of the Goat Buttes in Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Malibu Creek, Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Visitor Center at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Visitor Center at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Planet of the Apes Wall, a rock climbing crag off of the Rock Pool Trail, Malibu Creek State Park. - Malibu Creek State Park
  • Planet of the Apes Wall, a rock climbing crag off of the Rock Pool Trail, Malibu Creek State Park. - Malibu Creek State Park
  • Rock Pool, Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • California sycamore (Platanus racemosa) along the Rock Pool Trail. - Malibu Creek State Park
  • Goat Buttes and Century Lake, a reservoir, within Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • M*A*S*H site off of Crags Road, Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • M*A*S*H site off of Crags Road, Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Goat Buttes and Century Lake, a reservoir, within Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • View of the Goat Buttes and valley floor with California sycamores from the Chaparral Trail within Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • View east to the Santa Monica Mountains from the Chaparral Trail within Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Mott Adobe Ruins off of Mott Road in Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Malibu Creek State Park Campground.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Restroom and shower facilities at Malibu Creek State Park Campground.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Malibu Creek, Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Great egret (Ardea alba) at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Coastal live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Coastal live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • Coastal live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at Malibu Creek State Park.- Malibu Creek State Park
  • - Malibu Creek State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Rock climbing. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Century Ranch History. Large campground.
Cons: 
Very crowded during summer months. Sun exposure. Dogs not permitted on trails.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Malibu Creek State Park, affectionately called “the Yosemite of Southern California,” spans 8,000 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Chumash Indians lived there for centuries before the land changed hands in the 1800s. The park dates back to 1976 when it was opened by 20th Century Fox. More than a dozen movies have included scenes that were filmed there including Planet of the Apes, Love Me Tender, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Pleasantville, and the park is also home to the set for the television show M*A*S*H.

Some visitors are drawn to the extensive hiking and biking trails that snake throughout the land. Others prefer to spend their time rock climbing near Rock Pool. Century Lake is often full of kayaks, and the Reagan Ranch is a popular place to go horseback riding. Up to 62 families can rent out campsites at the campground, complete with fire pits and picnic tables.  During the summer visitors are encouraged to attend the free educational Campfire Programs which take place in the amphitheater. Guided hikes are also popular attractions.

Sycamores, valley oaks, redwoods, and chaparral grow throughout the park.  The redwoods were planted in 1910 even though they generally require a cooler climate. The reason that they have thrived for over 100 years is the fact that they are shaded by Goat Buttes and receive a lot of water from Century Lake. The peaks, plains, and streams provide an excellent habitat for the park’s many animals. Mice and voles keep the owls, hawks, and eagles well fed. Loons, ducks, and herons enjoy Century Lake. There are several large mammals who reside within Malibu Creek State Park, perhaps the most impressive of which is the mountain lion. You are unlikely to run into a bobcat or coyote while in the heavily populated areas, but you might see chipmunks or toads while you’re hiking.

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