One of the best activities in Malibu is exploring the breathtakingly beautiful wildflowers that burst open across the landscape. Thanks to the wide network of hiking trails in the region, there are plenty of picturesque spots to get out and see rosy pink Turkish rugging, purplish-blue Arroyo lupine, and pale lilac mariposa lily, among many other native flowers and plants. Nature lovers will be simply enthralled by the spring colors here.

Check out the best local trails to see Malibu’s wildflower blooms:

Solstice Canyon Loop Flowers

Solstice Canyon Loop (Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area)

Tucked deep in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Solstice Canyon Trail is easily one of Malibu’s most beloved hikes. This lovely, canyon-shaded trail runs along a perennial stream, and it features several must-see sights: the remains of the historic Keller House, the Roberts Ranch House, and the 150-foot Solstice waterfall. If you visit during the spring, you’ll be treated to a vibrant variety of wildflowers, from stunning blue lupine to yellow canyon sunflower.

Difficulty: Moderate

Point Mugu Flowers

Point Mugu State Park

Flanking the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park is home to rolling hills of spectacular wildflowers. Hikers will likely glimpse California poppies, purple phacelia, bright yellow mustard, Indian paintbrush, and many others. Along the trails, there are more than 900 native plants that grow in the area.

Difficulty: Has different trails to choose from ranging from easy to hard.


Zuma Ridge Trail

The 5.6-mile (out-and-back) Zuma Ridge Trail boasts gorgeous ocean and mountain views year-round, and killer wildflower displays in the springtime. The hike ascends from tree-lined canyon to grassy mountain slopes, with several excellent lookout points along the way.

Difficulty: Moderate

Point Dume

Point Dume Cove Trail

Featuring glorious views over the bluffs of Point Dume, the Point Dume Cove Trail is less of a “hike” and more of a “meander,” making it ideal for families. The 1.4-mile out-and-back trail is chock-full of natural beauty, including colorful blankets of wildflowers in the spring. Plus, you can walk down to the beach and, if you’re lucky, spot seals sunbathing or whales breaching on the horizon.

Difficulty: Easy

Malibu Creek State Park Flowers

Malibu Creek State Park

Spring hiking is epic in Malibu Creek State Park, when the meadows and fields are brimming with yellow fiddlenecks, blue larkspur, lavender bush lupine, and of course, bountiful California poppies. Malibu Creek runs through the middle of the park, and there are 15 miles of streamside trails to explore here. Head to the northwest corner of the park to catch the best wildflower displays.

Difficulty: Has different trails to choose from ranging from easy to hard.

Charmlee Wilderness Park

It doesn’t get more scenic than Charmlee Wilderness Park. Picture lush coastal meadows, majestic views of the Pacific, and, in springtime, fields of brilliantly colored native flowers. The park includes over eight miles of hiking trails, but don’t miss the Ocean Overlook.

Difficulty: Has different trails to choose from ranging from easy to hard.

Relax and recharge at the Malibu Beach Inn

The Malibu Beach Inn makes for the perfect home base for exploring Southern California’s wildflowers. By day, check out the Instagram-worthy native blooms and hiking trails—and by night, dine alfresco, sip cocktails on the sand, and relax in your deluxe oceanfront suite.