Hiking with Mark E: Grasslands Trail to Century Lake & the Rock Pool
Take a walk in the park with Mark, Malibu Creek State Park, that is. We’ll start on the Grassland Trail off of Mulholland Hwy and head south on a scenic stroll over rolling hills and through open fields of grain.
Our first destination is picturesque Century Lake. Ducks, coots, and herons frequent the lake, their squalling and callings reverberating off the weathered, honeycombed cliffs rising from the lake’s far shore. Redwing blackbirds flit among the cattails and rushes. The famous diving scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed here.
Next, we’ll depart the shaded shores of Century Lake and head out to our final destination: The Rock Pool, a placid stretch of water framed by volcanic cliffs. Cliff divers and rock climbers will provide the entertainment. This generically wild-looking site has served as a backdrop for outdoor sequences filmed for Planet of the Apes, South Pacific, Tarzan, Swiss Family Robinson, and many other productions.
Hike will be an easy 5 miles with 500 ft elevation gain. Suitable for fit beginners
Trail head and free street parking on Mullholland Hwy, 0.2 mi west of Las Virgenes Cyn Rd
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