Cameron Nature Preserve
Named for director James Cameron, who sold the property to conservationist groups at the discounted price of 12 million dollars, Cameron Nature Preserve is some 700 acres of open space in the heart of Malibu. There were several side roads and trails that I hope to explore in the future.
The trailhead is very easy to get to, just a mile off of Pacific Coast Highway on Puerco Canyon Road. I parked and began up Puerco Canyon Fire Road. After climbing for awhile I reached one of the new side trails. I didn’t take it today, but soon. Photo 4 – Looking down at Zev Yaroslavsky Coastal Slope Trail. I’m not sure how far it goes.
I reached what looked like an abandoned ranch. There were several buildings reachable via the road that breaks to the right of the main road. There is also an abandoned house off of Puerco Canyon Road.
The roof had been removed, I assume to make it uninhabitable. Oddly though, it was really clean. No garbage or even dirt on the floor, and the walls look like they have been recently painted.
Photo 2 – Looking down into Corral Canyon.
The trail to Mesa Peak is off the road to the left. There’s a weather station (or something) visible from the road. Mesa Peak is actually a few yards down from the weather station and marked by a cairn. By the time I got there it was totally socked in.
I searched for a trail that breaks to the right off of Puerco Canyon Road and travels above Pepperdine University. I went all the way to Mesa Peak Fire Road but didn’t find it. I backtracked about a half mile and found the almost hidden turn-off for the trail I was looking for. The trail is a bit overgrown, particularly at the beginning.
Pepperdine University below. You can’t tell how big it is until you get above it.
Photo 2 – Another shot of the upper part of Pepperdine with Point Dume in the background. I believe these are the dorms. Looks like they have their own little world up there. Photo 3 – My turnaround point. I came to the bottom of yet another steep hill. These two chairs made for a nice place to sit and eat.
The grassy area across the highway and beyond Pepperdine is Malibu Bluffs Park.
I start back toward Puerco Canyon.
The skies cleared a bit and I was able to see Saddle Peak.
As I climbed the final steep hill I noticed a trail breaking to the left. I followed it and soon found that cross I saw from below. I think it’s about seven feet tall. In Hoc Signo Vinces – In this sign you will conquer
From the cross, views of Malibu Colony and Malibu Lagoon.
Point Dume looking a little clearer at this hour.