Corral Canyon Park via Sara Wan Trailhead


Hi everyone! First of all, I apologize for not checking in regularly last two months. Work and the weather kept me indoors most of the time, We had an unusually hot summer this year. Yes, I say it like it’s in the past because in my mind, the summer is coming to an end. I’ve noticed that the day is getting shorter. But the heat is still here. So is humidity. Southern California is known for its dry heat. It’s desert. So what is up with humidity?! Even though I am originally from the East Coast, my body already forgot what humidity feels like after living in SoCal over a decade.

So on one cloudy morning, I was happy to explore a new trail in Malibu. It’s rated easy-moderate with 2.5 miles. The trailhead is off Pacific Coast Hwy. A little morning hike with ocean view sounded perfect. Even if the sun comes out, it’s a short hike anyway.

Drive in to the Malibu Seafood Patio Cafe entrance when you see the sign below. The trailhead parking lot is on the right. There is a $5 fee.

After parking, take the little path towards PCH, from PCH you will see the trailhead on your left. Quickly, you are in the nature and you can’t hear the cars on PCH. The initial part of the trail is surrounded by overgrown bushes so I tried not to get scratched. Then, it opens up to a single file trail going uphill. I did the loop clockwise. I was nicely surprised by how quiet and peaceful it was not so far away from the busy road and the uphill was short but challenging. I was happy to be in the nature again.


I enjoyed this little hike so I went back for more. This time Xena stayed home and my sister met me at the trailhead. It was already sunny and hot at 7:45 am. First time when I was there, I noticed the trail met up with other trails so I wanted to explore more. We discovered that the trail met up with trails from Cameron Nature Preserve. The fire road was popular with trail runners. Now I can share the pictures from the sunny day. 🙂

Good to Know:

  • Hike date: August 2015
  • Distance(RT):  3.1 miles / 5 miles
  • Elevation gain:  645 ft  / 1016 ft
  • Trailhead:  25623 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Happy Hiking!


6 comments on “Corral Canyon Park via Sara Wan Trailhead”

  1. Beautiful views! I don’t cope well with the summer heat and I do most of my walking in winter here so I can understand why you haven’t been out as much. Happy travels. 🙂

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