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 10 Malibu beach accessways and 2 coastal overlooks along various Malibu beaches, as well as Lechuza 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
NOTICE: 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. As a coastal view point, the property is now open to the public 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. But the existing approx. 1 mile loop trail is not yet open awaiting general maintenance. Please enjoy the coastal overlook and stay tuned for news on the trail availability by year’s end. As a reminder, MRCA requires you to follow all posted County health and safety orders for face coverings and social distancing when you enjoy its properties including the new Ramirez Canyon Coastal Vista & Trailhead.
COVID-19 MRCA BEACH ACCESSWAY CLOSURES
Last Updated September 1, 2020
Dolphin View Coastal Overlook (Big Rock Beach); between 19812 & 19768 Pacific Coast Highway
Maritime Rocks (Big Rock Beach); between 20516 & 20466 Pacific Coast Highway
Latigo Beach; 26500 Latigo Shore Drive
Geoffrey’s Restaurant (Escondido Beach); 27400 Pacific Coast Highway
Escondido Beach; 27420-27428 Pacific Coast Highway
Lechuza Beach at Bunnie Lane Entrance; 31736 & 31712 Broad Beach Road
We look forward to reopening public beach access when safe to do so.
Miramar Coastal Overlook (Las Tunas Beach); between 19620 & 19562 Pacific Coast Highway
Carbon Beach East (Carbon Beach); 22126 Pacific Coast Highway
Carbon Beach West (Carbon Beach); 22500 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu Road East Access (Amarillo Beach); 24038 Malibu Road
Lechuza Beach at West Sea Level Drive adjacent to Broad Beach Road; 31885 Sea Level Drive
Lechuza Beach at East Sea Level Drive; 31544 Broad Beach Road
At MRCA’s open beach accessways, a mask and 6 ft social distancing is required to safely use the accessways. For convenience while at the accessway, signage provides QR scans for closed/open status of other Malibu beach accessways and COVID-19 information.
Why are MRCA beach accessways still closed?
Most MRCA beach accessways remain closed because the public and our staff cannot comply with the County Health order regarding public safety at those accessways. Our beach accessways are too constrained physically to allow safe social distancing and/or do not offer sufficient visibility so that one may accommodate another passing by. These accessways do not offer space to move into to allow someone to pass while maintaining the 6 ft social distancing. For the most current information on MRCA Malibu beach accessway closures, visit https://mrca.ca.gov.
Additional COVID-19 Related Resources
In March, 2020, pursuant to the state and local COVID-19 health and safety orders, MRCA closed its Malibu beach accessways, coastal overlooks and Lechuza Beach. That closure was and remains consistent with LA County COVID-19 health and safety orders. For more information, please visit https://beaches.lacounty.gov for the County health order and LA County-owned Malibu beach accessway closures or visit California Coastal Zone Beach Restrictions due to COVID-19.
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 extends 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 includes: