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Malibu Creek State Park

Area

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    8141.91 acres

Description

Malibu Creek State Park, just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, features hiking, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding opportunities.

Twenty-five-mile Malibu Creek is the principal watercourse of the Santa Monica Mountains, stretching from Boney Mountain to Malibu Lagoon. There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands on chaparral-covered slopes. Following the trail along Malibu Creek, the visitor will be treated to spectacular vistas, including volcanic rock gorges, scenic pools, and breathtaking views of the Las Virgenes Valley and Malibu Canyon.

Culturally, this area was the center of Chumash Native American life for centuries. One of the park's most significant points of interest is the Sepulveda Adobe, which was constructed in 1863 on what had been part of an early Spanish land grant. This historic structure was restored in 2003 and is now open to the public. In the early 1900's another adobe was built along Malibu Creek by Johnny Mott, a famous LA attorney. With only the dramatic stone fireplace left standing, it is known today as the Mott Adobe ruins. Perhaps the most prominent frequent guest at the Mott Adobe was President Herbert Hoover.

Previous to being opened to the public in 1976, the park was used extensively to film numerous movies and TV shows, such as Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H. Most of the park's land holdings were donated by Bob Hope, with later significant acquisitions from Ronald Reagan and 20th Century Fox.

Allowed Activities
Hiking
Fishing
Birdwatching
Mountain Biking
Horseback Riding
Wildlife Watching
Rv Camping
Tent Camping
Picnicking
Swimming
Photography
Sightseeing
Rock Climbing
Good For
Families
Wheelchairs

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

  • Camping: Four campsites are accessible (#12, #30, #44, and #54). Restrooms are generally accessible with adjacent accessible parking. Shower facilities are usable.The campfire center is accessible and is on an accessible route leading from the campground.
  • Picnic Area: Both picnic areas have accessible picnic sites including water and barbecues. Accessible restrooms are located adjacent to the picnic sites.
  • Trails: The Las Virgenes Connector Trail is a multi-use trail that is 0.40 mile long through a rural setting. The trailhead, parking, and restroom are located at the southern end of De Anza City Park, adjacent to Malibu Creek SP. The Anne Skager Trail is a 0.58 mile interpretive trail in a meadow & oak woodland setting that leads to 2 accessible picnic areas. The trailhead is accessed from the 2nd picnic area parking lot. Accessible parking and restroom are nearby.

Dogs

Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park's day use areas and campground. Dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails or dirt roads.

Firewood Policy

Burning firelogs (ex: Duraflame log) and charcoal briquettes in the fire rings is allowed when fire level permits. Check the sign near the campground entrance to see the day's fire level. Firewood is not permitted.

Park Hours

The gates are open from 8am-10pm.

Parking Fees

  • All day – $12.00 per car, per day
  • 3 hrs – $9.00 per car
  • 2 hrs – $6.00 per car
  • 1 hr – $3.00 per car

Showers

The park's showers are token-operated. The token machines accept ONLY one dollar bills. Change for larger bills is not available at this time.