We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Monica Mountains

Santa Monica, CA
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 45 attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, National Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
Write a Review

115 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    73
    38
    4
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Perth, Australia
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Hiking to the top of the Canyons in the Santa Monica mountains gives you a great view from Santa Monica/Malibu all the way out to Downtown LA (40 minutes away) Some hikes are easier than others! It's worth the trek!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The sun rises here around 6am. Take a ride to the Santa Monica Mountains down Pacific Highway and then up into the mountains to catch the first rays of sunlight. Views a well worth the early start.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
37 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. I grew up in Santa Monica and was a runner so I have seen a lot of them. If you are a tourist, the best place to start is Will Rodgers State Park. They have trials that are clearly laid out and provide beautiful vantage points. There is also a bathroom and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Mankato, Minnesota
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We hiked in the Franklin Canyon Park, which is part of the Santa Monica Mountains. The weather was beautiful the day we were there, so we never got too hot. It's a fun day trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wildwood, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were able to take a ride on Mulholland Drive and made several stops to enjoy the views. It was wonderful to be able to take in all the beauty.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
560 reviews 560 reviews
171 attraction reviews
1,331 helpful votes 1,331 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Santa Monica Mountains have easy trails as well as more difficult ones. When you are there the views are plentiful. The breeze comes off the water and it is supposed to be the best air around La.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Good clean beach with lots of other people around It is safe but bring your own chairs and an umbrella Nearby refreshment and bathrooms

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tucson, Arizona
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was born in Santa Monica and used to drive through these mountains all the time. Before the freeway was built, there was just Sepulveda Blvd that went through to the San Fernando Valley, and it was a lovely drive. One place you don't want to miss when in the Santa Monica area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

If your'e in town and wanting a lively hike to burn off all the delicious meals you are eating while in town, then the Santa Monica Mountains is the place for you! There are gentle hikes and challenging hikes and the views are unparalleled. I would say go with friends, in the unlikely case that you get lost on a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

A great place for a short or long hike. Easily accessible from the city. And you are in another world walking amongst the hills. Great views over the ocean, downtown and suburbs. Highly recommended to get away from it all!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Santa Monica Mountains also viewed

 

Been to Santa Monica Mountains? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Santa Monica Mountains, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing