Ray Miller Trail in Malibu, California

I am in love with this trail. I have hiked this one twice and both times it’s been nothing short of amazing. It’s a 7 mile loop trail and easy to stick to the loop if you always stay to the right (assuming you are looping clockwise).

This was a sunset hike on a Tuesday with clear sky and pleasant breeze. The landscape here is burnt & charred with little vegetation. But thats what makes it even more breathtaking – the vast openness. I was blown away :)

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Start of the trail

Some sign of vegetation

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Panorama of the hills

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Trails waiting to be explored

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Hills

The second half of the trail is when we saw the beautiful ocean with the sun setting. And there is more – You can hear the sound of the ocean waves… Told you, this hike is amazing at different levels.

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Ocean view

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Ocean view

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This keeps getting better :)

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That beautiful sunset

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Overestimated the brightness here :P

The foot traffic on this trail is minimum probably because its around 35 miles north of Santa Monica from PCH, way farther than other easily accessible trails.

More information: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/ray-miller-trail

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Temescal Canyon Trail in Pacific Palisades, California

This post has been a week late in coming. Hiked this ~5 mile trail on a clear sunny pleasant day with the second half of the trail giving us some gorgeous views of the ocean.

Trail

Trail

I would recommend using alltrails map to find the loop in this trail.

City & Mountains

Panorama – Mountains

Ocean views

Panorama – Ocean

If you want a killer workout, hike this trail clockwise. The elevation is very steep for the first couple of miles. We were hiking anti-clockwise and didn’t regret it. It’s something to see great views while you are going downhill with no huffing and puffing.

Ocean views

Ocean views

More information: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/temescal-canyon-loop-trail