Castro Peak

Malibu Creek State Park sits in 10,000 acres of rugged terrain near the Malibu coast, protecting flowing creeks, man-made lakes, historic structures, and prominent cliffs.

This route explores the southern and western areas of the park, far away from the creek that gives it its name. The landscape here is similar to other areas of the Santa Monica Mountains like Sandstone Peak, but has a unique geography all its own.

Indeed, at some parts of this trail, you might feel more like you’re in the canyons of Utah than Southern California … at least until you look south to see the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands before you.

The hike follows a 2,000 foot ridge which offers great views of the ocean to the west and Calabasas to the east. There is no shade on the hike so choose a day that’s not too hot. On a clear day you can see Catalina and the Channel Islands. Once you reach the rock spiral, don’t forget to explore the many small caves in the area.

  • Highlights:Ocean and mountain views, sandstone formations
  • Near: Malibu, CA
  • Distance: 10 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1700 ft
  • Hike Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: 5/10
  • Trail Condition: Fire road
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Rating: 3/5

Getting to the Trailhead:
From Los Angeles – 10 fwy (west) to Pacific Coast Hwy. (north) to Malibu Canyon Rd. (right) to trail head.

Google Map Link


Trail Detail Map


Trail Profile


rock art at castro crest

Rock Art at Castro Crest

castro crest trail view

Castro Crest Trail View

castro crest view

Castro Crest View with Buckwheat


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