We'll beat the heat with this light-for-a-Tuesday hike by the sea.
Clocking in at 2.5 miles and 537' of elevation gain, the Sara Wan loop from Malibu Seafood is not nearly challenging enough for our hikerific band, so we'll enjoy it twice in one shot- hiking counterclockwise, then reversing field and hiking back clockwise. Yes, the first out and back loop! That will bring us to a more respectable 5 miles and 1000' of elevation gain.
Sara Wan was a long-time member of the California Coastal Commission who continues to advocate for coastal protection and public access, and the trail named for her leads into Corral Canyon, the only completely undeveloped canyon flowing through the Santa Monica Mountains to the ocean. We've looked down through Corral Canyon from Mesa Peak Motorway many times, and now we'll get the close-up view of the lower section, filled with sage, coastal grasses, and riparian corridor of oak, bay, sycamore, alder, and willow trees.
At the top of the first loop, we'll bounce onto a short spur trail to catch our breath from the climb and drink in a long view of the mighty Pacific from an overlook. From there, we'll penetrate the canyon before languidly descending to the chimney and remnants of an old homestead. Sound like fun? Good!- because we're going to turn in our tracks and head back the way we came. On our final descent, the hillside opens up to the sights, smells, and breezes of the Great Blue.
There won't be a discussion about our lunch destination- we'll already be there! Malibu Seafood provides the kind of menu its name suggests, and terraced outdoor picnic seating on which we'll munch and marvel at our wisdom in choosing to live here.
You can pay $5 to park in the parking area, or park directly on the shoulder of PCH (parking there is ample, but mind the No Parking signs if you see them).
This is a gentler hike. We will go at a more moderate pace than a regular Trailblazer hike, and we'll take more breaks. The purpose is to give novice and intermediate hikers who may feel they're not up to a regular hike a chance to get out and experience our beautiful trails. Faster hikers are welcome to come along, with the understanding that the hike is geared toward those who want to go at an easier pace.
From Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Rd, turn right on PCH. Malibu Seafood is 1.5 miles, on your right.
From Kanan Rd, turn left on PCH. Drive 4.7 miles, then U Turn at Puerco Canyon Rd. Be VERY careful in doing this. Drive about a quarter mile back to Malibu Seafood, on the right.
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