A moderate hike along a secluded trail through the Santa Monica Mountains which offers hikers scenic views of the historical Malibu Lake, also referred to as Malibou Lake, which was created in 1922 after the Malibu Lake Club Dam was constructed. Situated within the Santa Monica National Recreation Area in the Inland Central North near Malibu Creek State Park and Agoura Hills, the surrounding arid mountain landscape delivers wonderful contrast to the emerald green body of water highlighted at the end of the trail.
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About this Coffee
- If you're heading to the hike from Los Angeles, take the 101 North to Los Hills Road. Lost Hills Road will eventually intersect with Las Virgenes Road and you'll want to take a right. When you reach Mulholland Highway, take a right. Once on Mulholland Highway, continue past the main parking lot of Malibu Creek Park and the small, unmarked turnoff for The Rifleman Ranch will be 1.8 miles up the road. There are no parking restrictions if you park on the turnoff and there should be plenty of room for four or five cars.
- NOTE: Be sure to check the weather during hotter months, the temperature can sky rocket to well over 100 degrees on certain days.
- After parking at the turnoff, head south a few yards in order to reach the trail head for Cistern Trail.
- Turn right at split with Lookout Trail and Cage Creek Trail. A gradual decent will occur as you run parallel with Mullholland Highway and there's some shade coverage during this portion of switchbacks.
- You’ll approach a grass field and want to keep heading forward when you reach the intersection with Yearling Trial.
- There's a minor split with a narrow and wide trail a few yards ahead. Follow the wider trail through the grass field even further.
- Eventually an intersection with Deer Leg Tail and Lake Vista Trail will appear and this will take you up a short hill. Take the sharp right trail (in the direction of the metal fencing) at the intersection at the top of the hill. Avoid the trail heading straight since this will take you of course.
- As you head downhill, some shade coverage will be a short distance ahead. You'll go down a slight decent with boulders and loose gravel so be careful not to lose footing during this portion.
- A fork in the path will appear and you'll want to take the path heading west (take a left).
- Work your way up another incline and try to use the large boulders and tree roots to help you get up.
- At the top, you'll come across two picnic tables in an overgrown area with trees and bushes. Pass the first picnic table and as you reach the second picnic table, follow the trail to the left (closest to the picnic table).
- Shade coverage will disappear for a short while but it’ll reappear a few hundred yards down the trail.
- Make your way up the hill and a large grouping of boulders will be present and offering an unobstructed view of Malibu Lake.
- If you’d like to witness another vista point, continue down the path until you intersect with the larger trail.
- At the intersection there’s a large cable tower directly ahead so turn left and work your way down the path a short distance to get the perfect view of the lake.