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Address: Santa Monica, CA
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Activities: Hiking, Biking
Description: Part of the National Recreation Area.

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Take a nice drive into the mountains and along the coast

Took a drive North on the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica. Went North on Topanga Canyon Road, to 101 W, to Malibu Canyon Dr S, which takes you back to the Pacific Coast... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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phoenix, Arizona, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Took a drive North on the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica. Went North on Topanga Canyon Road, to 101 W, to Malibu Canyon Dr S, which takes you back to the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Headed a little further north on the PCH and stopped at Paradise Cove for a great lunch. The Paradis Cove Cafe is right... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Santa Monica Mountains are a natural jewel located near the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area. Approximately 60,000 acres of open space are available for public recreation. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes in April. The mountains are their natural habitat.

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Joshua Tree, California
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286 reviews 286 reviews
94 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Lots of trails and hiking and small town visits. Can be alot of traffic on weekends, but during week best time to visit, and lots of trails for hiking, nice visit to the small art town of Topanga

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We hiked on Sunday afternoon with our two teenagers. This is a popular, family friendly hike to a waterfall. There was only a trickle of water today due to the drought but worth the time. The trail head is off Winding Way road just off PCH. There is a small free parking lot or street parking along PCH. It is... More 

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We drove through the mountains in Santa Monica a few times and it was always a treat. Stop and take some pictures or just find somewhere to hangout in the mountains over looking Santa Monica and the ocean. The mountains are visible from most places in Santa Monica

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Los Angeles
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144 reviews 144 reviews
52 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I have been using the series of trails for years. There are all types of terrain for a variety of interests and fitness levels. The views from certain sections are great with views of the Pacific. It is possible to hit the same or different paths and see new items every time. However , a couple of important points. For... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The SM Mountains are great, they are wide open and not too overrun. We bring the dogs all the time and they love it. Go see the missile launch place..

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Mentor, Ohio
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140 reviews 140 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a very scenic drive. We travelled West and ended with a ride thru Pepperdine campus. It is beautiful.

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Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Saddle Peak gives you a 270-degree view of the LA basin and the ocean. It's an unmatched view from anywhere else in the mountains.

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Tennessee
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216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I'm from the mountains of Tennessee, so being able to see the mountains of California was wonderful. They are unique and beautiful in their own way. The mountains are great to see as a backdrop while on the beach, but it is also an adventure to go INTO the mountains like we did. It was a nice change to be... More 

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