Corral Canyon Loop
I didn’t have a lot of time for hiking this week, so this short, local trail fit the bill. In addition to the 2.5 mile loop, I also took a connector trail that links to Puerco Canyon Fire Road. I would guess the total miles to be around five. A clear and windy day.
There is a pay parking lot next to the trailhead. Instead of giving away $5, I parked just a few feet away on Pacific Coast Highway.
The trail starts right next to Malibu Seafood restaurant and market, making it very easy to find. After walking through the parking lot I found the trail which heads back into the canyon. Although this trail is called a loop, it’s actually a lollipop shape. I found the junction where the loop begins and headed to the right, taking the loop in a counter-clockwise direction.
A view up the coast of Malibu as I ascend the hill. The offshore wind always makes the breaking waves look beautiful.
After I reached a good elevation I found the unmarked trail that breaks to the right and leads up to Puerco Canyon Fire Road. Corral Canyon Loop continues to the left and I would complete it later in the day. The trail to connector trail to Puerco Canyon is a little steep in some areas and a little more wild than the loop trail. Still, very easy to follow.
VIDEO: The higher I go the bigger and better the view becomes. The wind was really gusting on this day, as you may be able to hear on this video.
The higher I went the bigger and better the views became. When close to Puerco Canyon Fire Road there looked to be two options – a flat trail heading to the right and a steep trail heading to the left. I took the steep trail as this would take me to a higher point on the road. Photo 3 – Puerco Canyon Fire Road winding down it’s way toward Pacific Coast Highway. Photo 4 – This trail off of Puerco looks interesting – another day perhaps.
Puerco runs up to Mesa Peak Fire Road, which I hiked a couple of years ago. Mesa Peak Fire Road runs next to several interesting sandstone formations.