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Sycamore Canyon Trailhead | Quick Info

Distance: 2.7 to 6 miles
Hiking Time: 1.5 to 3 hours
Difficulty: medium to difficult
Crowd: medium to low
Parking: $12 parking lot
Tip: bring a camera for great panoramic ocean views!

The AllThingsMalibu Opinion

The Sycamore Canyon hike located in the Sycamore Canyon Campgrounds is another great choice for a morning of hiking in Malibu. The campgrounds are located on the north end of the city. Take PCH north until you spot Sycamore Canyon Campgrounds on the left of the highway. There are public restrooms and a $12, all-day parking lot. Bikes are allowed but dogs must be left at home.

To get to the trailhead, enter the Sycamore Canyon gates and the parking lot is off to the left. After you park, head the opposite direction of the parking lot (to the right of the gate) through the campgrounds. Once you reach the end of the campsite, take the Scenic Trail immediately to the left. It will take you down through the dried up creek and up a flight of stairs.

In total, the hike is about 2.7 miles entirely uphill. The ocean views are spectacular as you reach the peak of the mountain. This is a great place to take pictures and pause to enjoy your surroundings. Those looking for a longer hike can choose to take the Loop Trail an extra 3.5 miles back to the start of the hike. Multiple Trail Run events occur year round in this park, if you are looking for some running gear may we suggest runnerclick.com

After your hike, take some time to stroll down to the beach and reward yourself for the active morning!