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Talepop Trail-Las Virgenes Loop

Malibu Creek State Park


Hiking Distance: 4.8-Mile Loop Hiking Time: 2.5 Hours Configuration: Loop Elevation Gain: 450 Feet Difficulty: Moderate

Exposure: Exposed Hills And Open Canyon Bottom Dogs: Not Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Malibu Beach And Calabasas Malibu Creek State Park Map Tom Harrison Maps: Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map

The Talepop-Las Virgenes Loop Is On The North End Of Malibu Creek State Park In The 730-Acre Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve. This Loop Climbs A Grassy Ridge Between Two Stream-Fed Canyons Liberty Canyon And Las Virgenes Canyon.

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Both Creeks Are Tributaries Of Malibu Creek, The Largest Watershed In The Santa Monica Mountains. The Hike Climbs Up The Ridge On The Talepop Trail, Named For A Chumash Indian Village That Once Inhabited The Area. From The Ridgeline Are Views Into Liberty Canyon And Malibu Canyon. The Return Route Descends Into Las Virgenes Canyon Along The Las Virgenes Trail. The Trail Parallels The Creek, Passing Through Open Meadows Surrounded By The Oak-Studded Hills.

From Santa Monica, Drive 12 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Malibu Canyon Road. Turn Right And Continue 6.5 Miles Up This Beautiful, Winding Canyon Road To Mulholland Highway. Turn Left And Park 0.1 Mile Ahead In The Parking Pullouts On Either Side Of The Road.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101, Take The Las Virgenes Road Exit. Drive 3.1 Miles South To Mulholland Highway. Turn Right And Park 0.1 Mile Ahead In The Parking Pullouts.

The Hike

Take The Signed North Grassland Trail, And Head North Across The Rolling Meadow. Pass The Sepulveda Adobe, A Historic White Adobe House Built By Pioneer Homesteader Pedro Sepulveda In 1863. Loop Around An Edison Substation As Liberty Canyon And Las Virgenes Canyon Separate Into A V- Shape. Continue North Past Oak Trees, Bearing Right At A Trail Split. Cross A Footbridge Over Liberty Creek By A Small Waterfall And Pools To A Signed T- Junction.

Take The Left Fork On The Liberty Canyon Trail, Beginning The Loop. At One Mile Is A Posted Junction With The Talepop Trail On The Right. Head Right (East) On The Talepop Trail, Winding Up The West Canyon Wall A Half Mile To The Ridge. Follow The Grassy Ridge North To The 1,030-Foot Summit, Overlooking Liberty Canyon On The West And Las Virgenes Canyon On The East. At The Northern Park Boundary, Bear Right And Descend Down The Hillside. Switchbacks Lead To The Las Virgenes Canyon Floor By Las Virgenes Creek And A Junction At 2.75 Miles. The Left Fork Crosses The Creek And Leads 0.3 Miles To De Anza Park.

Take The Right Fork The Las Virgenes Trail Along The West Side Of The Creek. As You Approach White Oak Farm At The Lower End Of The Loop (A Private Residence), Take The Signed Liberty Canyon Trail To The Right. A Short Distance Ahead Is The Junction By The Bridge, Completing The Loop. Bear Left On The North Grassland Trail, Cross The Bridge, And Retrace Your Steps.


Hiking Distance: 5.2 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 3.5 Hours

Configuration: Double Loop With Optional Spur Trail Elevation Gain: 700 Feet Difficulty: Easy To Somewhat Moderate Exposure: Exposed Meadow With Forested Hillsides Dogs: Not Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Malibu Beach Malibu Creek State Park Map Tom Harrison Maps: Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map

Reagan Ranch Encompasses 305 Acres On The Northwest Corner Of Malibu Creek State Park. From 1951 Through 1966, It Was A Second Home To Former President Ronald Reagan, Who Raised Thoroughbred Horses On The Ranch. Originally Named Yearling Row Ranch, It Was Sold By The Reagans To Pay His Campaign Debts From The 1966 California Governor’S Campaign. The Original Barn And Stables, Currently Used As A Park Maintenance Facility, Are Located In An Open Meadow At The Junction Of Mulholland Highway And Cornell Road. A Network Of Trails, Once Used As Horse Riding Trails By The Reagans, Connects The Ranch To The Heart Of Malibu Creek State Park.

This Hike, The Yearling-Deer Leg Loop, Leads To A Duck Pond, A Large Rolling Meadow, An Oak Woodland, Stream Crossings, And The Reagan Barn. There Are Vistas Of The Surrounding Tree-Dotted Hills And Jagged Mountains. The Lake Vista Trail, An Optional Spur Trail, Leads To An 1,102-Foot Overlook Of Malibu Lake, Sugarloaf Mountain (In Paramount Ranch), And Medea Valley.

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