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Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon, view toward PCH bridge  & Adamson House on the right -- MalibuLagoon/3-13-10-112
Malibu Lagoon, PCH bridge in the distance, Adamson House on the right, 3/13/10

Malibu Lagoon is at the mouth of Malibu Creek on Malibu Lagoon State Beach (formerly Surfrider Beach, the famous 60's surf spot).  For a little Malibu history stop by the adjacent Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum.  Also see the official California State Parks trail page for historical facts.   Nature trails, wetlands, beach, the historic Malibu pier, beautiful foothill views, California native plants and a variety of birds are found at Malibu Lagoon. 

The beach trail is an easy walk for about 1 mile.  You will find a
trail map on the California State Parks Malibu page.  If you are looking for more challenge hike up the beach a couple of miles to Solstice/Corral Beach and then take the canyon trails at either Corral Canyon or Solstice Canyon

Of course these are wildlands with all the usual dangers, described on the
safety page.  Click any picture below to enlarge.

Malibu Lagoon nature trail -- MalibuLagoon/3-13-10-051
View up the beach, private property in the distance

Malibu Lagoon Nature Trail -- MalibuLagoon/3-13-10-057
One of several wooden pedestrian bridges crossing the wetlands.

Lagoon view from the beach, the bridge is PCH. 2/20/11

Looking at these pics it's hard to believe this was once a dumpsite for unwanted fill materials, and on the fill, two baseball fields.  Apparently there is still room for improvement, a restoration is scheduled to begin summer 2011, which is criticized by some.  The pics on this page are the "before".  See my "virtual tour" before restoration photo album, Malibu State Beach on 5/19/12 photo album and Malibu Lagoon on 5/22/11 photo album on the caopenspace Facebook Page.

An attempt to stop the lagoon restoration failed on 5/25/12, which you can read about here.  Two websites with information about the lagoon restoration project are currently under development, I'll post those links when they are ready.  The current status, the restoration project will begin June 1st, 2012. 

Inland view of Malibu Lagoon & foothills -- MalibuLagoon/3-13-10-095
Inland view

View of Malibu wetlands and beach -- MalibuLagoon/3-13-10-072.jpg
View toward the ocean

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Malibu Lagoon State Beach fee sign -- MalibuLagoon/3-13-10-050
Fee sign on 3/13/10. Notice the California State Parks Day Use Pass is good here.