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Zuma Canyon Tralhead

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To get to the trailhead: Take PCH to Malibu and make a right on Bonsall Drive, one mile west of Kanan Dume Road (If you pass Zuma Beach, you have gone too far). Drive north on Bonsall Drive for one more mile to the dirt parking lot at the end of the road. The trail leaves from the northwest corner of the lot.

Trailhead address: 5875 Bonsall Drive,Malibu, CA 90265
Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked] (34° 01′ 53.37″N 118° 48′ 43.70″W)

This 2.8-mile hike leaves a coastal Malibu neighborhood to explore rustic Zuma Canyon. The sandy single track shoots north through a brushy open space, crossing and following a stony creek bed. Sporadic oaks and sycamores become more concentrated as the mouth of the canyon closes. Enjoy the increasing shade and lush canyon views. The easy trail climbs only 300 feet and has no steep sections.

Zuma Canyon Narrows

to a crossing with an Edison Service Road. This slow-going route requires serious bolder-hopping and bushwhacking.

There are other short trails in Zuma Canyon that make nice additions. All trail junctions are well marked. Extension options include:

The Scenic Trail, which leaves Zuma Canyon Trail for an additional 0.2-mile loopThe Zuma Loop Trail, which travels west exploring another 1.5-miles of the valley floor beneath Zuma Ridge

The Ocean View Trail and Canyon View Trails Loop

, which forms a 3-mile circuit up the east side of the canyon

The Zuma Canyon Trail is one of the easiest strolls in Malibu, making it popular with joggers, dog walkers, and horseback riders. For more of a challenge, hikers can climb out of the canyon on either the Ocean View Trail or the Zuma Ridge Trail. No fee or permit is required, so get out and enjoy!

To get to the trailhead: Take PCH to Malibu and make a right on Bonsall Drive, one mile west of Kanan Dune Road (If you pass Zuma Beach, you have gone too far). Drive north on Bonsall Drive for one more mile to the dirt parking lot at the end of the road. The trail leaves from the northwest corner of the lot.
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