Past Meetup

Chumash Trail Loop

This Meetup is past

18 people went

Location image of event venue


Organizer: Erik

Location: Malibu, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 6/10, No shade

A beginner hike: No

Distance: 5.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1500'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: Good, dirt, some fire road

Water: Minimum 2.5 liters

Liability Wavier: Required. This is the link. (

Guest: 1

Dog: no

Carpool: Suggested

Toilette: none


What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, snacks, light jacket and water.

Parking: There is a small parking lot at the trail head. Else, PCH is free to park along the side of the road. Watch the signs. CHP patrols this area very well and will cite on spot.


Going north on PCH, the trailhead is 16.8 miles past Malibu/Kanan Dume Road. Going north on the 101, get off on Los Posas Rd. and head west to PCH/Highway 1. Go south on PCH for 2.3 miles to the large parking lot on the left. Either way, look for the large orange metal tower which is directly across from the parking lot. Picture of parking lot below.


Please Chip In:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 4 (Chip in link)


Trail description:

The Chumash Trail climbs 900 feet in the first .7 miles to a saddle...which overlooks the La Jolla Valley Natural Preserve which is filled with native grasses and hopefully, spring flowers. We'll hike through the valley, loop around back to the saddle, and then finally down to the trailhead.


Our Policy:

All volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no compensation for organizing this event or any other event.

Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.



If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

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