Malibu Creek State Park is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, rock climbers, and tourists from around the world. It has been a park since 1967, although the land changed hands many times before then. For a while it belonged to 20th Century Fox. One of its unique features is Rock Pool, a swimming hole that requires visitors to hike, bike, or ride a horse over a mile to reach it. The pool is surrounded by trees and brush. Volcanic rock towers above swimmers. Rock climbers scramble up the cliff faces, including the Planet of the Apes Wall, which was used when “Planet of the Apes” was filmed in 1968.
The pool is often filled with individuals of all ages, particularly on the weekends. It is an ideal place to sit down for a picnic lunch and dip your feet in the water. If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of some of the park’s native animals; keep an eye out for salamanders, toads, frogs, turtles, and lizards. Some people are tempted to jump into the water from cliffs that are dozens of feet tall, but this activity can be hazardous as the depth of the pool varies and rocks are scattered throughout. Diving in Rock Pool is illegal.
If you would rather kayak than swim, Century Lake is your best bet. Other attractions in the park include the Malibu Creek State Park Campground, the M*A*S*H set, and the old Reagan Ranch. Birdwatchers are able to see 45 different species of birds, and film buffs can spot areas that were used to film scenes for several movies dating back to 1919. Visitors who want to learn more about the park can attend one of the Campfire Programs or take a tour led by a docent.
Please note that the park has considered closing access to sensitive locations due to the excessive trampling of plants, large amounts of garbage, cans and glass bottles, and graffiti. They simply do not have the staff or the funding to attend to these issues. If you want to continue enjoying this area, pack out all garbage, cans and bottles, and dispose of it properly. Using this area responsibly will increase the chance that people can continue to enjoy it in the future.
Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.