Hike to the Grotto at Circle X Ranch

Public group

Circle X Ranch, Grotto Trailhead

12896 Yerba Buena Rd · Malibu, CA

How to find us

Meet in the parking lot of the visitor center on Yerba Buena Rd. It is 5.3 miles from Pacific Coast Hwy. Look for me wearing the THRIVE shirt.

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Join Sam Thomson and me as we hike to the Grotto in the Santa Monica mountains. This is an easy hike of 3 miles, roundtrip, to one of the most unique areas in Southern California. The Grotto is an underground cave with a waterfall in the Circle X Ranch area of the Santa Monica mountains. The hike to and from the Grotto is a scenic route that includes some views of other waterfalls (that may be dry by this time of year).

When we get to the Grotto, we will take a snack break and spend some time there rock scrambling and exploring.

For those interested in a more strenuous day of hiking, I will be continuing on to Sandstone Peak, the tallest point in the Santa Monica's for an optional 3-mile hike after visiting the Grotto.

If you have not seen this Southern California treasure, you need to do this hike. RSVP today. We are limiting the number of attendees due to the size of the ranger station parking lot. Carpool if you can.

Be well and thrive!