Malibu Creek State Park (or How I Discovered Where My LA Heart Belongs)
For our first visit, we did a leisurely stroll with no focus or intent. But I will be coming back, probably for the rest of my life, because this park is gorgeous and alluring (despite being crowded).
- •First off, the nitty gritty: without a state park pass, parking is $12. It was our first time, so that's what our nieve butts did. We learned however you can park for free at the intersection of Los Virgenes Rd and Mullholland, and hike the grassland trail to the creek.
- •From the parking area, you follow the signs for the backcountry trailhead, and in 30 seconds your coming to the creek. Now, on to the beauty...
- •The first thing to charm you, if you come in the spring, will be the fields of wildflowers. They were sprawling.So pretty it was gross.
- •And then the views of the expansive green fields that make you wonder if you are, in fact, in Northern California and somehow didn't know it.Yuck.
- •There are canopies of oak trees to shade you along the flat main fire road.Fucking disgusting.
- •As you walk, narrow, hidden trails tempt you. We didn't take any of them, but I want to. This park is 8,215 acres (opened to the public in 1976).
- •The creek widens, and suddenly you're met by this ➡️. I mean, come on.
- •We hugged the creek, where it was more crowded, and stopped to watch some people learn how to rock climb. Six inch long lizards scuttled past our feet.
- •We got off the main trail by accident, and discovered Rock Pool.
- •The rocks surrounding the watering hole are porous, perfect for climbing up to find the right diving spot.
- •We doubled back to the main trail and followed signs for Century Lake.Named after its previous owner, 20th Century Fox.
- •The lake was big and blue. On one side there's a dam begging to be trespassed.
- •The whole park is amazing, and has an incredible history.The majority of the park was donated by Bob Hope. Other parts of the park, added later, were previously owned by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox for movie ranches. Part of the Fox Ranch had been bought in 1966 from Ronald Reagan. It was sold to pay campaign debts from the 1966 California governor campaign. In 2014, adjacent Cameron Nature Preserve (703-ac.) was bought by the Santa Monica Mtns Recreation and Conservation Authority and donated, after being purchased from James Cameron.
- •There's loads I haven't yet seen, including its main attraction, the M*A*S*H set. Next time! 💃💃💃