Nicholas Flat – Malibu Springs
This trail is right next to Yellow Hill Fire Road in Leo Carrillo State Park, but is a lot longer and more challenging hike. The first half is in State Park territory, well maintained if not well signed. The second half is run by the National Park Service and feels more remote and less well traveled, as the condition of the trail reflects. A good hike overall, but very tough as well.
I parked on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway and began at 6:15 am. There are two trails heading up the mountain that join again in about a half mile. I went right on Willow Creek Trail to catch the rising Sun.
Channel Islands, on zoom in photo 2. That’s Anacapa on the left and the larger Santa Cruz on the right.
There is a sign indicating that the trail has changed to Malibu Springs Trail and NPS territory. The trail was pretty overgrown with a lot of ticks and insects flying in my face. I Dropped down 1,100 feet to meet Mulholland Highway. I like this little picture on the sign in photo 1. To me, it looks like a hiking friar. Photo 2 – The road way down there is my turn around point. In the photo 3, I pass by AT&T Earth Station.
Super Mountain Views
I was pretty wasted from all the climbing and cruised back down to the beach without taking too many pictures. Photo 1 again shows Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands. Photo 2 shows Point Dume.