Arroyo Sequit Loop
This short loop of 2 miles provides probably the most tranquil hike in the area. On the backside of the loop, the hills block the sound of traffic on Mulholland Highway and other roads so all you can hear is the water in the small creek alongside the trail. From the parking area, the first 0.2 miles is a paved driveway (Mason Rd) that leads to the ranger buildings.
Turning left, the road becomes dirt and quite rutted. There is a grassy area to the left of the road used to set up telescopes to view the stars. About a third of a mile from the parking, the Nature Trail segment of the loop starts on the right. It is somewhat rocky and rutted at the beginning, but it is mostly quite firm, smooth, and wide.
About a half mile from the parking, the trail heads downhill towards Reeder Canyon Creek. In several places the trail is washed out where the creek used to flow under it. You’ll have to jump down a couple of feet and then back up on the other side to cross. At one point you’ll hear and then see a large waterfall off to the left.
At the end of the Nature Trail the trail forks. A short spur leads west (left) to Bardman St while the main trail heads up a steep switchback section. If you look back while climbing back up to the start, you’ll see some huge white satellite dishes come into view. The loop ends with a short hike across a meadow to the ranger buildings, then back down the driveway to the parking.
When I went, there was no creek and no waterfall. Completely deserted for someone who wants solitude. If it’s hot out, best to go through the valley because PCH has way too much traffic! Super quiet.
Malibu, CA 90265
Directions: About an hour from our area. Take the I-10 West to CA-1 N/ Pacific Coast Highway. Go 27 miles and turn right onto Mulholland Highway. Go another 5.6 miles and the parking area will be on your right.