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Bulldog Lateral to Castro Motorway (Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike)

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This hike takes us from the Malibu Lakes area starting at Crags Road and then up the Bulldog Lateral to the Castro Peak Motorway. The elevation gain is around 2k+ and the hike up is around 4+ miles for a total of around 8+ miles. Once we reach the top, we can turn around or explore the different routes that are presented if we want to add some mileage.

Once we start on the Crags Road portion of the hike, there are two hard rights that we should pay attention to. One continues on Crags Road and the other takes us up the Bulldog Lateral. Once on the Bulldog Lateral, there are several offshoots but we will stick to the main trail all the way up.

This hike begins at Crags Road in Agoura. There is no parking at the trailhead but there is some parking off the side of the road at Lookout Drive and Seminole Drive. Parking is very limited, carpool if you can.


Our hikes are afternoon conditioning hikes for people hiking at an intermediate level or above, and enjoying time outdoors with fun and friendly people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.

Our hike format emphasizes easy-to-access and scenic 5-8 mile Malibu-area conditioning routes with[masked] foot elevation gains, a relatively fast pace with a single rest stop, and optional technique discussions and conditioning exercises (based on individual and group interest). Total hiking time is normally 2.5-3 hours.

We schedule our hikes as late in thsi day as the season allows, minimizing hiking in the dark while encouraging people with a variety of schedules to get one or more conditioning hikes in during the week and tune-up for bigger adventures.

Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!

Bulldog Lateral

Hike Type: Conditioning

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Route Type: Out & back

Distance: 8+ Mailes

Elevation gain: 2k of Gain

Terrain: Fire road

Dogs allowed: Yes

Route summary:

Special thanks to C.T. Ramiller for showing me this hike and for most of the details.


Please wear – brush-resistant pants, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking shoes or light boots, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light backpack. (On this hike, a long-sleeve shirt and eye protection are recommended to protect against overhanging brush.)

Please bring – at least two liters of water, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit, bug repellant and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.


Free off-street parking is available at Lookout Drive and Seminole Road. Please pull your car off the road and pay attention to the signs. Parking is VERY LIMITED

Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.

Driving Directions to Trailhead:
From the Conejo Valley:
Exit 101 at Kanan Road and head South on Kanan
toward the coast. Turn left at Cornell Road (perhaps1⁄2-mile South of 101).Continue on Cornell Road/Lake Vista Drive beyondMulholland Highway.Turn left onto Crags Drive.

From the Coast:
Head inland on Kanan Dume Road toward the ConejoValley. Turn right at Troutdale Drive.Turn left onto Mulholland Highway.Turn right onto Crags Drive.

Proceed on Crags Drive to Lookout Drive and turnleft, where there should be some street-side parking(very limited; recommend carpooling). If needed,some additional parking may be available onSeminole Drive, the road prior to Lookout Drive.From there, hike east on Crags Drive to the trailhead.

Trailhead:[masked] N[masked] W
28977 Crags Rd.
Agoura, CA 91301



The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Malibu Hiking Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from hikes, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, and after group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike outing you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing. No +1s or guests allowed at Malibu Hiking events. All attending must be group members.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.