Nicholas Flat Trail

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Nicholas Flat Trail is a key piece of the Nicholas Flat Trails Network. The trail connects the Pacific Ocean to the hills overlooking Malibu with views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Traveling from the ocean, expect a steady climb up to the ridgeline. For a loop with less climbing connect with Willow Creek Trail. Numerous trails spur off Nicholas Flat Trails higher up the hill for loops though Nicholas Flat Nature Preserve.

From the PCH, use the Leo Carrillo State Park entry near Mulholland Hwy. to access the southern end of the trail; there is limited parking at the north end of the trail, accessed by taking the PCH to Decker Road then left on Decker School Road. Continue on road until end; there is one ADA parking space at trailhead and limited street parking.

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Name: Nicholas Flat Trail
Length: 3.70 miles
Elevation Gain: 1686 feet
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What You Might See

California Ground Squirrel
Otospermophilus beecheyi
Acorn Woodpecker
Melanerpes formicivorus
American Crow
Corvus brachyrhynchos
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
American Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus
Bigleaf Maple
Acer macrophyllum
Black Mustard
Brassica nigra
Black Sage
Saliva mellifera
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Archilochus alexandri
Bobcat
Lynx rufus
California Black Walnut
Juglans californica
California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum
California Coffeeberry
Frangula californica
California Dodder
Cruscuta californica
California Fuchsia
Epilobium canum
California Horned Lark
Eremophila alpestris
California Lilacs
Ceanothus spp.
California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica
California Quail
Callipepla californica
California Red-legged Frog
Rana draytonii
California Sagebrush
Artemisia californica
California Scrub Jay
Aphelocoma californica
California Sycamore
Platanus racemosa
California Tarantula
Aphonopelma sp.
Chamise
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Coast Live Oak
Quercus agrifolia
Coast Paintbrush
Castilleja affinis
Coast Range Newt
Taricha torosa
Coastal Wood Fern
Dryopteris arguta
Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii
Coyote
Canis latrans
Coyote Brush
Baccharis pilularis
Garter Snake
Thamnophis hammondii
Gray Fox
Urocyon cinereoargenteus
Hollyleaf Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia
Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja gleasoni
Laurel Sumac
Malosma laurina
Lemonade Berry
Rhus integrifolia
Long-eared Owl
Asio otus
Lupine
Lupinus albifrons
Monkey Flower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Mountain Lion
Puma concolor
Mugwort
Artemisia douglasiana
Mule Deer
Odocoileus hemionus
Narrow-leaved Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis
Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus viridis
Plummer's Mariposa Lily
Calochortus plummerae
Poison Oak
Toxicodendron diverisloba
Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla
Red Tail Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis
Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Sugar Bush
Rhus ovata
Summer Holly
Comarostaphylis diversifolia
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura
Valley Oak
Quercus lobata
Western Grey Squirrel
Sciurus griseus
Western Screech Owl
Otus kennicottii
White Sage
Salvia apiana
White-tailed Kite
Elanus leucurus