Rocky Oaks Nature Reserve in the Malibu Hills

Rocky Oaks was destroyed by the fast-moving Woolsey Fire of November 2018 and the park will be closed until further notice. Updates will be posted by the NPS at www.nps.gov/samo/index.htm.

 Not a great photo but a view of Rocky Oaks from Kanan Road on 11/25/18. Burnt to a crisp.

Not a great photo but a view of Rocky Oaks from Kanan Road on 11/25/18. Burnt to a crisp.

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Rocky Oaks is a 250 acre nature reserve that is part of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, located at the 31500 block of Mulholland Highway in Malibu, west of Kanan Road. The entrance is on the north side of Mulholland Highway. The park is managed by the National Park Service.

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Rocky Oaks has various species of oak trees, some centuries old. The Overlook Trail takes you to a peak with gorgeous panoramic views while the Pond Trail (less than a mile round trip) takes you to a seasonal pond area which used to be part of a cattle ranch.

The Rocky Oaks Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile easy trail that is lined with sage. This is one of the more low key, easy to hike areas around town. It can get hot but at only 6 miles from PCH you can also feel some nice ocean breezes in these trails.

Learn more about Rocky Oaks and download a trail map at www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/rockyoaks.htm.

 Pond is looking quite nice in late spring of 2017.

Pond is looking quite nice in late spring of 2017.

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