Bridle Trails Horseback Riding

The 9th most popular equestrian trail in California.

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Located northwest of LA in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Malibu Creek State Park is a lush hiking haven remotely tucked away from the big city. It would take a full day and lots of energy to check out all of the horseback riding options from trails to dirt roads. An easy starter is old Crags Road which leads up to the old M.A.S.H. filming location. A more challenging trek is along the Backbone Trail. The MCSP is on Malibu Canyon Road (a.k.a. Las Virgines Road) about 6 miles north out of Malibu. It can also be reached from the Las Virgines Road exit of US101 by heading 3 miles south.

Overall, Bridle Trails is the 9th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California.

Bridle Trails Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Malibu Creek State Park (818) 880-0367; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; CA Backcountry Horsemen (888) 302-BCHC; Malibu Chamber of Commerce, (310) 456-9025; City of Malibu, (310) 456-2489.

Recommended Map:  "Santa Monica Mountains Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  MCSP Campground

Luxury Loding:  Saddle Peak Lodge (818) 222-3888; Casa Larronde, (310) 456-9333; Malibu Beach Inn, (310) 456-6444

Breakfast Restaurant:  Coogies Beach Cafe; Diedrich Coffee, Malibu

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  34.1, -118.73

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/4/2016

ID:  13134

Bridle Trails Horseback Riding Map


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