Go for a Hike

Vincent and Lucilla at Malibu State Park

Trails Safety Tips

Hiking with Children
Keep children younger than 10 years old within arms’ length distance while hiking. View a Trail Map of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Rattlesnake Manners
Freeze and back away slowly. If you get bitten – do not run or get excited. Be calm and call for help. Make sure to request anti-venom when you call 911.

Mountain Lion Encounters
Face the animal, stand up and make yourself as large as possible, make noise, maintain eye contact, back away slowly. If attacked – do not run. Fight back and remember to protect your neck and throat.

Wildflower App
Learn the names of local flowers with this apps for mobile devices. Impress your friends and family!


Lead or Be Led? Docent Programs

Want to become a docent or take a docent-led hike? Learn about some of the great programs available in the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu Creek Watershed.

Charmlee Wilderness Park
Join the volunteer docent program, schedule school and group nature programs or join a variety of public hikes and interpretive programs.

Malibu Creek Docents  818-889-6238
Become a walk leader through a fantastic spring weekend training program.

Malibu Lagoon Museum Association
Tour the Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum.

Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains
Schedule school trips or become a docent.

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Become a volunteer naturalist and help with special events or patrol the trails.

Topanga Canyon Docents
Take a hike or become a docent with their great annual weekend training program.