Take I-10 (Santa Monica Fwy) west, becomes Cal. 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy), ahead 8 miles, right on SR 27 (Topanga Canyon Blvd) to Fernwood Pacific Drive, or Malibu Canyon Blvd. to Piuma Rd. Drive up the windy mountain roads to the top (Saddle Peak). Here are the best views of LA. Sssh! Don't tell anybody! Bring a snack, for example from Chang's Country Natural Food Store (Topanga Canyon Blvd. & Fernwood Pacific Dr.)
El Matador Beach is off PCH (highway 1). It is a smaller, more private beach with cool rock formations. You have to walk down a ton of stairs to get there, but I think it's worth it. It reminds me of the beach they show at the beginning of the movie "Grease".
Often you can see dolphins jumping near the coast.
It's $2 to park in the lot, free parking on PCH.
Along PCH watch for a small parking lot at Winding way. To do this waterfall hike you must park in that lot as there is NO street parking allowed closer to the trailhead. Best bet is to take bikes with you for that 1st mile, as it is through a residentail neighborhood with not much to see and it really adds too much time on foot before the hike and after.
In the rainy season this is a beautiful falls, but there is a strong sulpher smell which may be a bit off putting. To me, it's worth it!
You can see the potential of the falls if you look at the rock face. It was a mere trickle on our last hike, but when it is in its full glory it's wonderful! There is always a pool, just some months the waterfall rages more than in others.
Celebrate Svensk Midsommar, Swedish midsummer. We dance and sing around the maypole.
Directions: From the 101 freeway exit Kanan Rd. and go south (towards the beaches). After maybe 10 minutes there will be a turnoff for Vasa Park on the right. The turn should be marked with yellow and blue signs or banners.
Drive up one of the canyons in Pacific Palisades or Malibu. All of a sudden you are transferred to a rural wonderland just minutes from L.A.
Malibu Canyon is a suggestion along with Topanga Canyon.