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    Make new friends

    by garridogal Updated Oct 16, 2013

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    There's a park behind the Cross Creek Road shopping area. There's not much to it except for some seating areas where some surfers were smoking a doobie, and a playground where some guy was taking his kids to. But... they have some statues. And well... I just can't resist the photo ops!

    And since we're talking statues, there's a fun clown/waiter statue/fountain inside the shopping area. He's kinda cute too, isn't he?

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    Malibu Creek

    by Roadquill Written Sep 3, 2011

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    Malibu Creek

    Malibu is a delicate, year round creek originating just a few miles North of Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is home to the endangered Steelhead and, accordingly, all you can do is enjoy the view of the creek. There are several turn outs on Malibu Canyon Road where you can stop. In addition to views of the creek, note the dramatic, upturned walls of the canyon on West side, compared with the boulder strewn and eroded West side.

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    Visit the Serra Retreat

    by pigletsmom Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Courtyard at the Serra Retreat

    This is a religous retreat just a short drive from the Malibu Pier and Adamson House. It is set in the Santa Monica mountains offering spectacular views of the Malibu Lagoon. You can walk around the property as long as you are quiet and do not disturb the guests on religious retreat. Designed in Spanish Revival, and decorated with malibu tiles. Very interesting place.

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    MALIBU CANYON ROAD DRIVE

    by travelgourmet Updated Jan 27, 2011

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    .From Malibu to Calabasas on the valley side sits the main mountain pass called Malibu Canyon Road. Taking PCH northwest to Malibu Canyon Road will take you through temperature zones on your way up and over to the valley side. We call it the country in the city. The road is only two lanes and has sheer cliff drops. There are view points to stop so the drivers don't have to take their eyes off the road to look up at the beautiful rugged mountains or down to the Malibu Creek below. Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Calabasas are all waiting off Hwy 101, about 12 miles away. After about 6 miles the road becomes Las Virgenes Road. Many parks are in this area from the Santa Monica National Rec Area, Malibu Creek State Park to Paramount Ranch. Malibou Lake, Westlake Lake and Lake Sherwood can all be found within a 20 mile range.

    The famous Mulholland Hwy cuts through off Las Virgenes and turning left on Mulholland is a great mountain and valley drive. There is a wine tasting bar at Cornell as is the famous Rock Store, a motorcycle stop on the weekends. As many as 100 bikes can be parked from the hogs to the antique bikes will be on display. You can get back to the beach by taking Kanan/Dume Road off Mulholland Hwy. One part of the road is a section of the hardest climb in the Amgen Tour Bicycle Race that twists and turns as it climbs from the valley floor at Seminole Hot Springs up to Kanan Road. The racers had to do this part of the circuit 4 times. It was quiet exhausting and even Lance Armstrong met his match here. All in all, a fun 3 hours of exploring this part of Southern California.

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    Broad Beach

    by Roadquill Updated Dec 12, 2010

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    Rock Formation at Broad Beach
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    Broad Beach is at the West end of Malibu and can be accessed by either the East Broad Beach entrance or West Broad Beach entrance. There are signs for public access. However, the parking is very limited. In addition, the public is only allowed access during daylight as the public access gates are locked from Sunset to Sun Up. Broad Beach is nice in that there are nice sandy beach areas as well as rocks to climb and tide pools to explore. The other afternoon as I walked out to the beach access dolphins were swimming just off shore. Supposedly there are a number of celebs that live on or near Broad Beach.

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    Grunion Run

    by ejvigil Written Apr 11, 2005

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    photo taken from: 
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    The magical little fish get down and dirty on numerous beaches in Malibu as well as other spots through the California coastline. It is definitely worth checking out. Check the below website for dates and times best to go!!!

    what is a grunion? California grunion are a species of marine fish found only along the coast of southern California and northern Baja California. They are justifiably famous for their unique spawning behavior. Grunion spawn completely out of the water and lay their eggs on many sandy beaches in California. Shortly after high tide, on specific nights, sections of these beaches sometimes are covered with thousands of grunion dancing about on the sand. The popularity of these grunion runs means that some nights there are more people lining the beaches than grunion in the run.

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    Hiking Solstice Canyon

    by ejvigil Updated Apr 11, 2005

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    From the gate, follow the service road that runs along the right side of the creek. Bear right at the dirt road that takes you up to the 2 odd looking buildings that house the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. To the right of the second building, take the Rising Sun Trail. This trail heads up the ridge, with great views of the ocean, then drops down into the somewhat mysterious Tropical Terrace. This is actually the ruins of a home build in the 1960s, and burned in 1982. There are exotic plants, lovely pools, a 30 foot waterfall, and a hidden statue of the Virgin Mary just before you cross the creek heading into the ruins. This is really a fun place to explore!

    You can carefully scramble up the rocks on an extremely steep trail to get above the waterfall to a number of lovely pools. The return route is a pleasant shady service road that runs parallel to the stream. If not for all the construction (see trailhead info), I would have rated this hike at 5 stars. absoultely amazing!

    directions:Head north on Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu Canyon road to Corral Canyon Road and turn right. About a quarter mile up, you will see the gated entrance to Solstice Canyon. At the time this review was written (Sep 2002), the canyon was closed for some improvement work, scheduled to be completed in June of 2003. I parked on the right side of the road at a dirt turnout about another quarter mile up Corral Canyon, then slipped through the left side of the fence at the Solstice Canyon entrance. I didn't see another person on the weekend I went, but you might get kicked out on a weekday if the construction is still going on. (Lat:34.03489 Lon:-118.7445)

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    A Beach All To Yourself...

    by GoodGirl16 Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Point Dume is a neighborhood in Malibu where a lot of people live, but what its mostly known for is it's beach. There are two beaches here--Big Dume and Little Dume.

    Going to Little Dume, is where a lot of Surfers like to go, since its not very crowded and has good swells. Be careful if you drive here... the parking is limited (like only 6 car spots) and its a little big of a climb down the cliff side. DONT bring strollers and little children unless you want to carry them!

    Big Dume is a great beach to bring the kids. The beach is very sandy and has a good view... the water isnt too deep and its very clean. (I dont know to to explain that... i guess it just has a sandbar or something!) and the waves are so overpowering to the point of drowning. And just a little ways away if your starved, is Paradise Cove Cafe which is an easy walking distance (not even 5 minutes) on the beach from both Beaches!

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    Point Mugu

    by mht_in_la Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Sandy slope in Pt Mugu

    A few miles west of Malibu is Point Mugu. Along PCH I saw this steep sandy slope. People parked their cars along PCH, hiked to the top of slope, then rolled all the way down, like the kids in the photo.

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by pigletsmom Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Santa Monica Pier

    Not too far from Malibu is the famous Santa Monica Pier.
    Always fun and full of energy. Great for a family with children.
    You can play arcade games, ride a carousel or just walk the
    pier while you eat an ice cream. Also during the day, take a walk along the Santa Monica Bluff that overlooks the water. Full of tourists and locals a like. Just down PCH is Venice
    which is a hippie type bohemian town. Also fun to explore with it's antique shops, funky cafes and rollerbladers/body builders along the beach.

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    Will Rogers State Park and Historic Home

    by pigletsmom Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Will Rogers

    Will Rogers was one of the biggest movie stars of his time. The Will Rogers State Park is located Between Brentwood and Malibu along Sunset Boulevard. Miles of hiking trails plus his rustic home is open to the public. The house is filled with authentic cowboy perirod furniture. There are places to picnic, horse back riding, and polo grounds. Check out the website below. Great for a family with children. Very pretty in Spring and Summer.

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    Private Beach Access!

    by giampiero6 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    The Gate to Little Dume Beach

    Many spots in Malibu feature private beach access. This doesn't mean that you can't walk on the beach, it just means that the access to the beach via land is private. Usually the access is gated and you must have a key to get in. One particular spot is in Little Dume. If you have friends or friends of friends who are willing to take you, it's a really nice little way to see a beach that most people probably won't come to. This access is in fact in Little Dume..nice spot for surfing..long slow peeling break and for tidepooling.

    *Don't try accessing a private beach as there are several locked gates that can't really be crossed.

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