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Malibu Creek: Bulldog to Castro Crest

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Malibu Creek: Bulldog to Castro Crest

Hike Description (Intermediate/Strenuous)
We will be hiking through the eastern most portion of Malibu Creek State Park, up to the rarely seen, North East backside of Castro Crest – via the Bulldog fire road. The views are stunning, all the way to the top, with sandstone monoliths casting dramatic shadows across the land.

This hike starts at the easternmost (2nd) intersection of Crags Road and Seminole. We will meet there at the corner, and then hike a short distance, through the community further up Crags Rd before entering Malibu Creek State Park.
Please pay attention to the signs for permitted parking along the road, and if you can, carpool with someone. – an option for those who are Carpooling – meet and then carpool from Reagan Ranch parking area at Mulholland & Lake Vista Dr. As we will be entering and leaving from the Malibou Lake neighborhood trailhead, and parking is limited, please be considerate.
The hike distance is a little over 8 miles (out and back) with 2150 elevation gain. We will take our time, pause occasionally to catch our breaths, enjoy the views, and finally make it to the top. Upon completing the ascent, we will turn right for 1/8 of a mile to the rock formations and caves on Castro Crest.

The climb and descent are fully exposed, so be prepared with sun protection, at least a liter of water, trekking poles, and electrolytes.

Please Read Below In Its Entirety
Please review our guidelines. Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:

  • Don’t show up unless you’re shown on the “Attending” list.
  • Plan on going at your own pace; we usually keep a moderate pace, and would like to keep everyone in sight.
  • Your safety is your own personal responsibility, but the hike leader reserves the right to ask you to leave if you come unprepared.
  • No “Plus Ones” or dogs on Weekday Trailblazer hikes.
  • All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Disclaimer / Release Of Liability
The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. 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 Weekday Trailblazers 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 trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

April 23 2024


Date: April 23
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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