Trail mates come in all shapes, sizes, and attitudes. Get to know a new friend, or catch up with an old one, while you burn unwanted holiday calories on this easily accessed 2.5 mile loop.
The Sara Wan trailhead located on
Pacific Coast Highway at the foot of
is one of the Santa Monica Conservancy’s newer acquisitions. The well-maintained
path is wide enough for two and switches back and forth to heavenly vistas.
Bear to the left on your way up canyon and enjoy the murmur of Corral Creek as
you begin your hike. Fog chased by a cool breeze off the Pacific drifts through
stands of eucalyptus, alder, Coastal Live Oak and willow tracing the path of
the creek and keeping things comfortable. Soon you will be in mountains Corral Canyon
frosted with pink bush mallow and lavender Chia sage, so bring a hat, water, and sun block. Once aloft, you enjoy an easy stroll with sweeping views of the coast all the way to Point Dume.
The best ahi burger on the entire 27-mile stretch of scenic Malibu Coastline awaits your return at the open air Malibu Seafood Café adjacent to the parking lot. You can treat yourself to lobster live from the tank or be happy with scrumptious fish and chips. From the upstairs covered patio, dolphins are often seen cavorting in the deep channel. A flock of wild parrots, migrants from
have made homes in the palms swaying overhead.
A siesta on the Dan Blocker beach on the other side of PCH is a wonderful way to cap off this outdoor day. Bring a good book and wait for sunset. You can park in the Santa Monica Conservancy lot all day for five bucks—such a deal!
Market 25653 Pacific Coast Highway is about 11/2 miles up the coast from Pepperdine University
between and Malibu Canyon Kanaan Road. An MTA bus stop is there for
those who prefer not to drive.
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