Los Angeles: Nicholas Flat

This 7.3-mile loop leads to photo-worthy views of the colorful Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, then enters a highland meadow to a tranquil pond.
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This 7.3-mile loop leads to photo-worthy views of the colorful Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, then enters a highland meadow to a tranquil pond.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.0

Waypoints

NFT001

Location: 34.0836791992188, -118.918327331543

Nicholas Flat trailhead; begin stiff 1,600-foot climb

NFT002

Location: 34.0748291015625, -118.912696838379

R @ 3-way

NFT003

Location: 34.071949005127, -118.912475585938

R @ 3-way

NFT004

Location: 34.0685997009277, -118.916717529297

R @ 3-way

NFT005

Location: 34.0660095214844, -118.917549133301

R @ 3-way; trail flattens

NFT006

Location: 34.0637474060059, -118.918586730957

L @ Y; sweet view overlooks Pacific Ocean

NFT007

Location: 34.0639228820801, -118.916542053223

R @ Y; slow down and soak up the lush grass and wildflowers

NFT008

Location: 34.0669364929199, -118.913093566895

R @ Y; immediate R @ 3-way

NFT009

Location: 34.0641021728516, -118.909683227539

L @ 3-way past pond; superb lunch spot on rocks opposite pond

NFT010

Location: 34.0661964416504, -118.908485412598

R @ 3-way, then immediate L @ 3-way; continue skirting Nicholas Flat

NFT011

Location: 34.0706176757812, -118.90657043457

Pass through gate; walk up paved road

NFT012

Location: 34.073486328125, -118.905136108398

L @ 3-way onto Malibu Springs Trail

NFT013

Location: 34.0748291015625, -118.912696838379

R @ 3-way; return to trailhead