Zuma Ridge/Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,696' 822 m
Descent: -2,718' -828 m
High: 1,775' 541 m
Low: 116' 35 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A couple of hardy climbs on fire roads above Malibu will reward you with stunning ocean views and serene canyons.”— Perry Cortell
There are multiple options to extend your run and even connect up to the Backbone Trail at the Kanan-Dume Trailhead.
Going clockwise, follow the Zuma Ridge Trail to where it meets the Zuma-Edison Fire Road. Turn right and go around the closed wire gate. Descend all the way to the end, passing the equestrian watering station, to the bottom where the trail will lead you across the creek on your right. This is the beginning of the second long climb.
After a long left-hand turn, you'll take the singletrack Zuma Canyon Connector Trail on your right. It is easy to miss but it is marked. If you find yourself going up the top of the ridge over Kanan-Dume, turn around. Follow the singletrack in a long, steady descent for about 2 miles then take a hard right up and over to the Canyon View Trail. Alternatively, you can also continue straight down to the Ocean View Trail. There are trail signs at this junction.
At the bottom, turn left then right to return to the Busch Drive Trailhead or run straight ahead if you came from Bonsall Drive. The trails loop in this area so it is easy to get turned around. There are trail signs and probably more than a few people so you know you are close to the trailhead(s).
For more info, see Jerry Schad's "101 Hikes in Southern California".
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