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Getting Around Malibu: Tuna Canyon

March 2003 satellite image of the Tuna Canyon area.  The intersection of Tuna Canyon Road with PCH is at the bottom, centerCopyright MalibuComplete.com
March 2003 satellite image of the Tuna Canyon area. The intersection of Tuna Canyon Road with PCH is at the bottom, center.

Tuna Canyon Neighborhood

Tuna Canyon begins at sealevel, just west of Topanga Creek along PCH. It is the first canyon in Malibu when you enter from the east. The intersection of Tuna Canyon and PCH does not allow traffic to enter -- Tuna Canyon Road is one way downhill. This is a safety consideration put into place after numerous accidents on the twisted, steep and treacherous lower Tuna Canyon Road. Stream erosion frequently washes out all or part of the road.

The upper reaches of Tuna Canyon Road have more reasonable slopes and many custom homes are sprinkled in the beautiful high-altitude mountainous landscape before Tuna Canyon merges into the highlands of Topanga and Saddle Peak. The total length of Tuna Canyon Road from the intersection with Saddle Peak Road to PCH is about five miles with the lower 2/3 restricted to one way traffic.

Homes in this area tend to be individually built with custom designs that take advantage of the natural setting and large properties. Ranging from rustic to ultra-modern, these homes are priced lower than at the beach but most sell for $1.5 million and up.

Much of the adjacent area is parkland. Tuna Canyon Park itself rises from PCH to link to over 18,000 acres of contiguous protected open space east to west from Topanga State Park to Las Flores Canyon, crossing above the developed area at Big Rock.

Tuna Canyon Road is known as a world class bicycle course. It is visited by touring bicyclists as a "can't miss" experience when in the LA area.

The strip of beach near the outflow of Tuna Canyon is called Las Tunas Beach, just west of Topanga Beach. A mix of homes line PCH along the eastern part of the beach while the Las Tunas seawall and open space extend to the west toward Big Rock. The cliffs are steep in this area, a frequent source of flooding or landslides that close PCH.

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