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Santa Monica Mountains

Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #5 of 45 Attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, National Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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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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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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149 reviews 149 reviews
64 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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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La Habra, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I highly recommend a visit here. You don't even need to hike to enjoy it if you like driving scenic winding roads. The views on Mulholland Hwy. through the middle of the mountains here are more expansive than narrower Mulholland Dr. east of here in the Hollywood Hills. There is a recenly opened visitors center at King Gillette Ranch along... More

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Portland, Oregon
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

These winding roads near Santa Monica provide beautiful views and amazing scenery. It's hard to believe it's so close to Los Angeles. If you've got a free afternoon, it's a nice place for a drive.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I saw that the traffic on PCH was all chocked up , so decided to drive the backway home to my accomodation in Santa Clarita.You can get up close and friendly with moutain range the first 10 miles or so from Malibu.Majestic . At a later date will take the turn off and study this great range up close.

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Marlboro, New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Whenever I stay at my Lowes hotel I can't help myself from wanting to look towards the mountains, whether day or dusk... because they are fantastic! The backdrop against the ocean lets me know I'n not in Jersey! Peaceful and great to daydream with.

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Great hiking. Many trails ranging from a small nature trail to several miles long. We took the waterfall hike. There was no water, but the hike down to the canyon floor was scenic.

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