Malibu’s 27 miles of “scenic beauty” – Malibu beach rimmed by the Santa Monica Mountains, make it much more than a home to movie stars and the affluent. It’s an outdoor activities play land.
Hikes with an Ocean View – Hike along cliff tops directly over the ocean or take more rigorous trails to mountain peaks.
Most Popular Hike – Escondido Falls Trail is best to visit after a rain when the trail has dried and the water is flowing.
Malibu’s Highest Point – Hike a 7 mile loop to Sandstone Peak and its breath-taking terrain and vistas.
Malibu Surf Spots and Surfing
Malibu has many worthy surf spots, but its fame as a cultural surf center began with Surfrider Beach, one of the best in SoCal.
Zuma Beach – Wide, sandy beach. Often hollow. Always powerful.
Point Dume – Sandbar peaks. Hard-hitting. Not for beginners.
Latigo Point – Rarely breaks unless decent size. Longboarding.
Topanga Point – (SURF-forecast.com) Exposed point break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year.
No cruiser biking or beach boardwalks to ride here. Yet very vibrant for coastal road and canyon mountain biking.
Malibu Road Bike Routes – Coast highway rides and winding, challenging canyon routes to the views from atop the Santa Monica Mountains. 1,500 foot elevation gains not uncommon.
Malibu Mountain Biking Trails – Tax your legs and reward your eyes. Fire road climbing, single track speed, technical sections and lush scenery
One small bike shop and no bike rentals.
Malibu Kayaking (at the Malibu Pier)
Malibu Rock Climbing
Point Dume – (RockClimbing.com) High seaside cliff on the beach, with low angled thin crimps and edging. All the face routes are 5.9 and under.
Malibu Creek State Park – (RockClimbing.com) Great pocketed volcanic rock. Easy TR, bouldering and severely overhung sport routes abound on nine climbing sections.
Malibu Paragliding – Lessons. Tandem rides. Soar from a 3000 foot mountaintop for up to 30 minutes with a certified instructor.