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Malibu Creek State Park (MCSP) from Down Under ~ Heat-Modified

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Malibu Creek State Park (MCSP) from Down Under ~ Heat-Modified

We will start this hike into MCSP from Tapia Park. The Tapia Park entrance is just before the Piuma intersection. Note: a day use fee (machine at entrance) is required if you don’t have a State Park Pass. After you enter Tapia, drive to the picnic area and take a hard left onto Dorothy Lane. Follow the signs to Salvation Army Camp & Conference Center. It’s about 0.4 mile to the Salvation Army Camp entrance. Park on the right side of the road (lined pull-in parking stalls).

Our hike starts on the Tapia Spur Trail, which winds through a lovely chaparral “forest” and drops down onto the road by the park’s group campground. We’ll take the first in a series of side-trips to explore the Ann Skager trail that loops through a deeply shaded riparian/oak woodland. From there we will make our way to Crags Road. Crags Road runs along and above Malibu Creek. The water level has dropped enough to allow us to cross over the creek to Mott’s Road, which leads to the MCSP Visitor’s Center. From there we’ll cross the “big” bridge to the famous Rock Pool, our turnaround point. On the way back, we’ll loop up and over the Grassland Trail to take in the sweeping views of MCSP’s central valley.

This out-and-back hike, plus those side trips (Ann Skager, Rock Pool, Grassland Trail), clocks in at around 5.5 miles, with an elevation gain/loss of about 650‘. I have timed this hike at 2 1/2 hours to allow a leisurely pace in anticipation of warmer weather.

Directions: From the 101 Freeway take Las Virgenes Rd., south for 4.8 miles to the Tapia Park entrance (south of main MCSP entrance).

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  • Proof of vaccination required.
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July 20 2023


Date: July 20, 2023
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
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Tapia Co Park

Agoura Hills,CA91301US

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