Music and hiking....Leo Carrillo Beach to Nicholas Pond, in west Malibu

A Hike with guitars...OK, I'm bringing my guitar. All musical instruments are welcome. Or just come to hike.

I play a lot of Beatles and classic rock tunes.

I also take requests: the top request I get is a song called "Rex, you suck, please stop playing".

But I don't know that one...So I can't play it....



Total distance: 9 miles, with 1700 feet of uphill in the first 3 miles, then 3 mile loop around Nicholas Flat to the big pond at the top of Nicholas Canyon., and 3 miles back down to the beach.  Therefore, the hike is medium to hard level of difficulty, depending on your own skill level.

We're starting at the beach, where we'll check out the tidepools and sea-cave. Then we'll hike up to the pond.


Here's a video of the weird birds who make strange sounds at the pond.


The Ocean views from the natural rock dam that formed the pond are spectacular.





Bring clothing (sorry, nude hikes are a different Meetup group), lots of water--at least 3 liters, hat, comfy shoes, snacks, all your troubles..., guitar, camera, etc




Neptune's Net, located a bit west of the park at PCH and Yerba Buena Road

42505 Pacific Coast Highway


DIRECTIONS: Follow Pacific Coast Highway west of Malibu all the way to the intersection with Mulholland Highway.  We will meet at the park entrance driveway on the north side of PCH which is 1000 feet east of the intersection with Mulholland highway.

PARKING: You can either pay a lot to park at the State Park lots or park for free along PCH.



MAP TO WHERE WE MEET: see the arrow marked "A" on the map,-118.93214&z=18&t=S&marker0=34.04645%2C-118.93214%2C1.9%20km%20ExSE%20of%20Solromar%20CA



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  • Kate F.

    Good climb to the top, the pond was low but some interesting wildlife there, good bunch of hikers to chat to, all in all the hike was enjoyable. Hope you are feeling better Rex.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Missed the music. Hope that Rex is feeling better!

    November 4, 2012

  • cheryl

    just wondering if everything turned out ok with Rex? Thx!

    November 3, 2012

    • antonina

      Just talked to him. He is doing much better. I'm sure he is already planning another hike for us.

      1 · November 3, 2012

  • Rathna

    We are running about 15 min as well

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ill b 10 min late

    November 3, 2012

  • Carolyn

    Rex, I love this hike and love your repertoire, no hike is complete w/o singing. I'll come if I can find a rideshare from the west side. Any takers? Palms, Mar Vista, Culver City...

    November 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Carolyn--I'm coming from Santa Monica, if you want to coordinate. . . .

      November 3, 2012

    • Carolyn

      Thanks, Stacey, I found a carpool.

      November 3, 2012

  • Kimberly

    Sorry for being so back and forth... I just learned tonight that I have an opportunity to collect clothes for Sandy victims in Breezy Point (where 110 families lost everything). Clothes will be delivered directly to them, but I gotta get it all done tomorrow. Apologies. Have a blast and please do this one again.

    November 2, 2012

  • Jennifer B.

    If I only do part of the hike can I still join you guys for dinner?

    November 2, 2012

    • Rex Frankel; M.

      sure. We should be at Neptune's Net by 5:30. Call me if you cannot find us. [masked]

      November 2, 2012

  • Carmen A

    somewhat too long for me still

    November 1, 2012

  • Kimberly

    Rex -- trying to make this work. If I skip dinner, by what time do you think you complete the hike portion? Thanks.

    November 1, 2012

    • Rex Frankel; M.

      Kimberly, the hike will be done by 5 or 5:30 at the latest.

      1 · November 1, 2012

  • Rex Frankel; M.

    Sorry, dog lovers, this is a state park and so no doggies are allowed. The rangers hand out big tickets.

    November 1, 2012

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