Zuma and Trancas Canyons, Malibu

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Zuma and Trancas Canyons are an area of Federal parkland to the west of Malibu, California. It lies within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and is the largest piece of Federal parkland in the NRA.

Zuma Canyon contains a number of trails for hikers, of varying severity, and is the home of a range of wildlife, including the wrentit, known as the "Voice of the Chaparral".

The park's eastern boundary is marked by Kanan Dume Road (county route N-9) and the north end of the parkland is crossed by the Backbone Trail, a 67 mile pathway through the Santa Monica Mountains.The name zuma is derived from a Chumash word meaning "abundance".
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  • If coming in the summer, bring lots of sunscreen, a hat and extra water. It got very hot and there is no shade. We hiked up to the top to see great views of Zuma beach. Worth it and burned lots of...  more »
  • My partner and I are runners and love to explore new areas. We were staying in the Santa Monica Mountains and around here and Malibu there are access to many hiking trails. There are maps easily...  more »
  • This is my favorite hike in Malibu, it is a good up hill hike, with the most glorious views of the coastline you can imagine. What is also nice it is all up hill, so you get a great workout.  more »

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