Living in California it doesn’t take you long to realize that there are so many great parks, hiking spots and hidden treasures everywhere. Old abandoned zoos, daredevil swings above the LA skyline and rock climbing caves pepper themselves throughout the state. As a result, that’s why I was so happy when I went to visit Malibu Creek State Park. The views, atmosphere, and sights are definitely a cut above the rest.
Now, to be honest this wasn’t my first time going to Malibu Creek State Park. A year ago the owner of 1966 Magazine, Arianne and I decided to go on an adventure hike here to check out the former location ranch of 20th Century Fox studios. It was here many moons ago that the hit television show M.A.S.H was filmed. Of course, this show was before my time but I had heard of it and wanted to check it out for myself. One word: Cool!
This amazing hike is a total distance of about 4.5 miles. So then it will probably take you a good two hours to get there but once you do it will not disappoint.
Nevertheless, this time around with it being May and springtime we decided to go again with really no plan. We just wanted to go explore Malibu Creek State Park in its over 8,000 acres of beautiful scenery that is truly spectacular.
When we started walking we were amazed at the mere beauty of this place with the birds chirping and the wind whistling along the brush. Plus the picturesque backdrop of the mountains like it was taken straight out of a movie.
Not too far into our adventure a very nice gentleman and we will say his “girlfriend” asked us what we were interested in seeing. We simply said that we were not quite sure but was just enjoying the view. He then gives us directions to get to the Rock Pool just a few miles up where people go swimming and that we should go check it out. So we did.
After hiking another 0.4 miles and traversing over some boulders we got there. One tip: Make sure you wear some good shoes! It can get a little slippery. There were people there already but everyone was very respectful of each other and the nature that surrounded them.
However, once at the rock pool prepare to be wowed by nature. The rushing water is tranquil while the sights are enchantingly spell-binding. People are usually there already but everyone is very kind allowing space for pictures to be snapped and swimming.
Families with little ones, wanderlust enthusiasts, backpackers and young lovers will all enjoy this natural wonder. While there we saw some brave individuals cliff jumping into the water. A great site to see but please be careful of unseen rocks that may be in the pool.
So Arianne of 1966 Magazine and I stayed around the Rock Pool taking pictures enjoying the water and loving the sighting of several Blue Jays. They were so sweet and would come close to greet you with a chirping song. You’ll feel like Snow White in two seconds.
From my hiking, I truly recommend then if you are in Southern California near Malibu to come and check out this State Park. You will not be disappointed.
Malibu Creek State Park can be reached from two different routes. Either the 101 Freeway (take Los Virgenes Road toward Malibu). Or Highway 1 (take Malibu Canyon Road heading inland). It costs $12 per car to enter the park.
However, I usually park on the side street because I like the extra walk. Also sometimes there are deer sightings I don’t want to miss too. Yet always feel free to pay to help support the State Park system.