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Part of the National Recreation Area.

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Great roads, lots of "twistys"

On any given day, especially a warm sunny day you will find people on the back roads, bicycling, driving, riding. Fun roads, lots of challenging turns, not for the faint of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lori A
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Long Beach, California
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Irvine, California
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't do much research before our trip and we ended up on road for almost five hours instead of 1 hour as expected. You might want to check those marathon events as it will seriously make you stuck in traffic for ungodly hours. There are too many things to do here, do your own research. We hiked until we... More 

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Long Beach, California
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On any given day, especially a warm sunny day you will find people on the back roads, bicycling, driving, riding. Fun roads, lots of challenging turns, not for the faint of heart. In addition, the vistas of the Pacific Ocean epitomize why we live in Southern California. One highlight, "The Snake" where on the weekends a photographer posts up and... More 

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Thank Lori A
California
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157 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is too much here to lump the Santa Monica Mountains into one Review.. The question is what are you trying to do here, and what do you want to experience.. There is something here for everyone. If you want to have a smoothie at quarky restaurant in Topanga, you can do that, and have fun looking at the trees,... More 

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not do much research or planning prior to our trip about which trails to hike or how to get to the best places in the Santa Monica Mountains, however had a great experience by just using the public transit to get us to the base of the Temescal Canyon Gateway Trails. We did not have a car, so... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to hike all day, or walk with friends, or just by yourself. Be sure to bring and wear sunscreen, a hat, and water. One can access how to get here via Google Maps. Look up Westridge Rd in Mandeville Canyon. Take this road all the way to the end. You can park in the neighborhood and start hiking... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many great hiking trails for all levels...short nature trails with difficulty ramping up to 'extremely strenuous'. The Santa Monica mountains are easily accessible from multiple points in the Pacific Palisades area and you can find that information online. I can't post a URL here but just search and there are a lot of sites with info.

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Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mountains are such a great way to walk and balance off some of the extra food eaten. Opportunity for photos is there. Some tracks are busy depending on the day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a "lovely when you get there" but a bear to reach destination. It was a 20-minute winding canyon road UP. It's wide enough to not be nervous in the face of oncoming traffic, not terribly steep or treacherous, either. However, it's a very stressful winding climb in any car. My jaw was tight after the constant zig-zagging route... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you leave earlier than later, especially on weekends. first time we left at 2pm and got stuck in very slow moving traffic. The second time we left at 9am to go to the Getty Villa on Monday--smooth sailing. We drove off season. Continued north after the Getty and drove back down for sunset! Gorgeous!

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

As the signs along the road say, Los Angeles is the only major city in the world bisected by a mountain range, which, of course, affords visitors some pretty spectacular views when the weather is clear. Although Mulholland Drive is the main artery through the city, many side routes open up the further west you follow the mountains toward the... More 

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