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Santa Monica Mountains

Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #6 of 37 Attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Owner description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
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Type: Mountains, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Owner description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
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Santa Monica, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great vista views and coming together with nature..Thank goodness it has been preserved. It is an excellent place to hike

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I wanted a less urban hike while visiting LA, and Solstice Canyon trail was it. Not too challenging, great scenery, and lots to explore. Two burned-out ranches along the trail remind you that this is wildfire territory. Most interesting was Robert's Ranch about 1.5 miles up the trail from where we parked. Nice ocean views along the trail. No admission... More 

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Torrance
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Santa Monicas are great for road and mtb cyling. As a part of California's transverse ranges, they are unusually steep with many canyons carving through the range. The range starts east of Hollywood and traverses some 40 miles until they are unmercifully chopped off by the Pacific Ocean. This sudden end of the range results in locations with incredible... More 

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Most travelers who visit the Los Angeles area see the Santa Monica Mountains as the backdrop to Hollywood and the beach. But if you're a relatively fit person who enjoys serenity and you seek a fresh perspective of Southern California from downtown to Catalina, ditch the throngs of tourists on Venice Beach. Escape the carnival atmosphere and conspicuous consumption of... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
36 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

So basically theyre pretty unspectacular and brown, very brown, loads of restrictions due to fire hazards. OK, so next year that might be different but in 2015 thats how it was

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We enjoyed our sunrise hike in Will Rogers State Park with Ken - a great story teller. Thanks Ken for the tips

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Santa Monica, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Santa Monica Mountains offer perfect hiking areas with amazing vistas of city and ocean views. It is best to view at sunset. Mountains are clean with well marked trails.

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Los Angeles
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123 reviews 123 reviews
43 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

You can hike in the Santa Monica mountains from this easy to access trailhead at the end of Los Liones road in Pacific Palisades and see the entire Los Angeles basin. Los Liones drive is off of Sunset Blvd. about a half mile east of Pacific Coast Highway. There are 3 parking lots along Los Liones plus lots of free... More 

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Houston, Texas
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173 reviews 173 reviews
73 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Santa Monica Mountains are located just west of Santa Monica, very close to the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The mountain range is right next to the Pacific and offers great views of the ocean and surrounding areas. I drove through the Santa Monica Mountains over a weekend in Los Angeles and I enjoyed every moment of my trip. I like... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Grand views of the mountains. Easy to reach .Just don't speed through them. Tricky turns. As pretty as they are in the day, it is great at night with all the lights.

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