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  Malibu Creek - Rock Pool, Century Lake  
Trail - Malibu Creek - Rock Pool, Century Lake
09:09 am

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Area Los Angeles
Address 1991 Las Virgenes Road, Los Angeles County, California
Elevation n/a
Change 93.00 m ( 300 ft )
Distance 4.83 km ( 3.00 miles )
Difficulty Easy
Lat / Long 34.09625, -118.71646
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Directions  http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/ics/hik_la.htm:

From Santa Monica, drive north on Pacific Coast Highway for 13 miles to Malibu Canyon Road. Turn right and continue 6 miles up this beautiful, winding canyon road. The state park entrance is located on the left, shortly before reaching the Mulholland Highway intersection. Turn left into Malibu Creek State Park. Park in the last parking lot.

From the Ventura Freeway/101, exit at Las Virgenes Road. Head south towards the mountains for 3.5 miles. The state park entrance is located on the right, shortly past the Mulholland Highway intersection. Turn right into Malibu Creek State Park. Park in the second parking lot on the left.


From the parking lot (Near Bathroom #3, see photo), cross the main road to the trailhead. Follow the High Road Trail as it slowly curves left alongside Malibu Creek to a bridge in the direction of the Visitor Center. Along the way, you will pass a concrete creek crossing on the left. At the Malibu Creek bridge, take the Gorge Trail to the right. (Crossing the bridge takes you to the Visitor Center.) Follow the trail a short distance, bearing left along the stream through a lava rock field to Rock Pool, 0.9 miles from the trailhead.

Return to the main trail back at the bridge. Take Crags Road, the main road, to the left. Continue on Crags Road uphill to a trail junction at the crest of the hill. From here you will be overlooking Century Lake and Las Virgenes Valley. The trail to the left leads down to the lake. Continuing on Crags Road leads to the M*A*S*H filming location. To return, retrace your steps.

The Good  -- Great Viewsrn-- Only a short section of significant incline.rn-- M*A*S*H

The Bad  -- The park does not allow dogs past the gate.

Where  North of Pepperdine. South of Calabasas

Notes  "Malibu Creek State Park, purchased by the state from the 20th Century Fox movie studio in 1974, was originally home for thousands of years to the Chumash Indians. The park contains a Visitor Center, campground, a man-made lake, volcanic rock, sandstone outcroppings, majestic canyons, year around streams, and over 30 miles of hiking trails that spread over its 10,000 acres. This hike follows Malibu Creek to Rock Pool, surrounded by towering volcanic cliffs, and to the four-acre Century Lake. Tarzan, Planet of the Apes, and South Pacific, have been filmed here, to name a few, but it is most recognized for the M*A*S*H television series." - http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/ics/hik_la.htm
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Jul 9th, 2023   (16)Oct 23rd, 2016   (1)Sep 14th, 2014        Mar 15th, 2009   (6)Jul 6th, 2008   (17)
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Malibu Creek - Rock Pool, Century Lake
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