9 Mile Loop – Moderate to Strenuous (1,500′ elevation gain)
Meet at 8 AM near Donut Delite at the corner of Madera and Royal.
Our hike will start (and end) in Malibu Creek State Park at the point at which the Grasslands Trail crosses Mulholland Highway (just west of Las Virgenes Road). We’ll follow the North Grasslands Trail and the Liberty Canyon Trail as we head north through the Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve. Then we’ll head south as we hike up a north-south ridge on the Phantom Trail which provides panoramic views of Malibu Creek State Park and the surrounding mountains. After we descend from the ridge we’ll cross Mulholland Highway and hike the Cistern Trail, the Lookout Trail, and Crags Road to the Rock Pool where we’ll take a lunch/rest break. Then we’ll cross Malibu Creek and pass by the Visitor Center to hike the Chaparral Trail to Mott Road where we’ll visit the Mott Adobe Ruins before completing our loop hike along Crags Road and the Grasslands Trail.