The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) is committed to providing maximum public coastal access to the spectacular Malibu coastline where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. In partnership with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the MRCA manages a robust Coastal Access Program within the City of Malibu that includes 12 Malibu beach accessways and two coastal overlooks along various Malibu beaches, as well as Lechuza Beach, Escondido Beach and Carbon-La Costa Beach. The MRCA is also planning for the development of several other beach accessways to be opened in the future. For more information about Malibu beach access locations please visit: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/YourCoast/#/map OR download “Our Malibu Beaches” for free on the App Store or Google Play.
Last Updated November 28, 2022
MRCA Beach Accessways
Maritime Rocks (Big Rock Beach); between 20516 & 20466 Pacific Coast Highway (New)
Miramar Coastal Overlook (Las Tunas Beach); between 19620 & 19562 Pacific Coast Highway
Dolphin View Coastal Overlook (Big Rock Beach); between 19812 & 19768 Pacific Coast Highway
Carbon Beach East (Carbon Beach); 22126 Pacific Coast Highway
Carbon Beach West (Carbon Beach); 22500 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu Pier (Carbon Beach); 23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu Road East Access (Amarillo Beach); 24038 Malibu Road
Hidden Beach (Geoffrey’s Restaurant); 27400 Pacific Coast Highway
Cliffside (Escondido Beach); 27420-27428 Pacific Coast Highway
Latigo Beach; 26500 Latigo Shore Drive
Lechuza Beach at East Sea Level Drive; 31544 Broad Beach Road
Lechuza Beach at Bunnie Lane Entrance; 31736 & 31712 Broad Beach Road (pictured above – MRCA staff photo)
Lechuza Beach at the intersection of West Sea Level Drive and Broad Beach Road (continue south on West Sea Level Drive once through the pedestrian gate)
Maritime Rocks Beach Access
Located between 20516 & 20466 Pacific Coast Highway, this beach public access site is now open! New public beach access improvements include an ADA accessible viewing platform with bench, stairway to the beach, view permeable gate and fencing, and decomposed granite footpath along the highway shoulder.
NEW COASTAL ACCESS
MRCA Stewardship Operations at Carbon – La Costa Beach:
MRCA Rangers and Site Operations staff patrol and maintain this beach and roadside DAILY.
Carbon-La Costa Beach
21704-21714 Pacific Coast Highway
Judge Denies Malibu Residents Preliminary Injunction Requiring Re-Fencing of Public Beach 11/30/2021
Penelope, Cole and Ava PCH Undercrossing (Escondido Beach)
West of the intersection of Via Escondido Drive and Pacific Coast Highway
NEW JOB POSTING
MRCA-Managed Parks in the Coastal Zone
For more than 25 years, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) and its partners the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Los Angeles County, California State Parks, California Coastal Commission, State Coastal Conservancy, National Park Service and non-profit and community-based organizations, cooperatively work to provide maximum public access to beaches, coastal trails and coastal resources along the 21-mile Malibu coast and the public trail networks and parklands within the 156,000-acre Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
MRCA’s Coastal Access Program complements the MRCA’s park, natural resource habitat protection, and the LA River programs. In addition to beach accessways, the MRCA’s Coastal Access Program includes coastal parks and trailheads across 27,000 acres of open space in the coastal zone that extend from Malibu’s beaches inland to King Gillette Ranch. The Coastal Access Program also includes planning and development of future beach accessways, parks, and trails, such as the long-envisioned 73-mile Coastal Slope Trail, a part of the statewide California Coastal Trail. Current MRCA parks in the coastal zone include:
CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Ramirez Canyon Coastal Vista & Trailhead
In May 2020, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) acquired 24-acres referred to as the Ramirez Canyon Coastal Vista & Trailhead. The park is currently closed to the public. The existing approx. one-mile loop trail and proposed trailhead amenities are not yet open and awaiting permit approval.
310.589.3230 ext. 136