Los Angeles: Zuma Canyon Loop

This 4.2-mile hike begins in a deep cleft of the Santa Monica Mnts., then winds up a mellow ridgeline with gorgeous ocean views. Zuma Canyon is a lush basin of wildflowers in season.
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This 4.2-mile hike begins in a deep cleft of the Santa Monica Mnts., then winds up a mellow ridgeline with gorgeous ocean views. Zuma Canyon is a lush basin of wildflowers in season.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.5

Waypoints

ZCL001

Location: 34.0314292907715, -118.811981201172

Start N on the Zuma Canyon Trail

ZCL002

Location: 34.0341949462891, -118.81226348877

Veer R; then R again onto Ocean View Trail; trail ascends canyon wall among a forest of wildflowers

ZCL003

Location: 34.0367774963379, -118.803428649902

Turn L to 180-degree ocean views overlooking Malibu; veer L again in .1 mi onto Canyon View Trail

ZCL004

Location: 34.039852142334, -118.802574157715

High point on ridge; excellent ocean and canyon views

ZCL005

Location: 34.0375518798828, -118.814018249512

On the canyon floor again, turn R @ 3-way

ZCL006

Location: 34.0379180908203, -118.81413269043

Keep L @ 3-way, staying N in a oak and maple forested canyon

ZCL007

Location: 34.040096282959, -118.814590454102

Rock-hop across a perennial creek flowing through canyon; turn L onto Zuma Loop

ZCL008

Location: 34.038761138916, -118.816040039062

Head R @ 3-way; short climb ahead

ZCL009

Location: 34.0366096496582, -118.815010070801

Veer R @ 3-way, merging with Rim Trail

ZCL010

Location: 34.0347633361816, -118.81436920166

Bear L @ 3-way with Ridge Canyon Access Trail

ZCL011

Location: 34.0342674255371, -118.812286376953

Turn R, heading S back to parking lot