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Santa Monica Mountains

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

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Paradise near the city

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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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 NEW

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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282 reviews 282 reviews
94 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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
15 helpful votes 15 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 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
51 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
61 helpful votes 61 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
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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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261 reviews 261 reviews
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204 helpful votes 204 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Great place to go and hang out for a few hours or more. Husband and I are visiting from overseas and were recommended to visit Santa Monica beach. We parked right at the beach for $8 all day. Parking was very busy (Sunday). Beach busy but not too busy with people of all ages. It's a sandy beach so people... More 

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