From Decker School Road, Nicholas Ridge Trail can make a large loop with Malibu Springs Trail and Nicholas Flat Trail, or a smaller loop cutting over on Nicholas Meadow and Nicholas Pond Trails. From Malibu Springs Trail, Nicholas Ridge Trail drops through open chaparral into more shaded oak woodland near Nicholas Meadow Trail. Climbing back up to Nicholas Flat, there are open expansive views of surrounding parklands.
Nicholas Ridge Trail can be accessed from Decker School Road via Malibu Springs. From the PCH, head east on Decker Road. After 2.4 miles, make a slight left onto Decker School Road. Continue on road around to the end. There is one ADA parking space at trailhead and limited street parking.