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Santa Monica Mountains

Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #4 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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145 reviews 145 reviews
59 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We weren't sure where to start exploring the Santa Monica Mountains! Having read a review on Trip Advisor, we opted for Will Rogers State Park. The trails were easy and clearly signed. The views were spectacular! We would have liked to have spent longer in the area as we love hiking but we managed two wonderful trails in an afternoon.... More

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Perth, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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!

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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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.

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Los Angeles, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
39 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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

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Mankato, Minnesota
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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.

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Wildwood, New Jersey
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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.

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New York City, New York
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198 attraction reviews
1,596 helpful votes 1,596 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.

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