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Santa Monica Mountains

Address: Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #4 of 55 Attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Owner description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
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Type: Mountains, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Owner description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
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England
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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Oakland, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A truly beautiful and historic place. The wealth of good hikes in Southern California is under-appreciated, and those in the LA area get especially short shrift. The SMMs offer some of the most iconically Californian views available to casual hikers, and if you're overwhelmed by the congestion and sprawl for which LA is always derided, this is a nice reprieve.... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've noted previously here on TripAdvisor that my family pioneered Santa Monica in 1875 and that we've lived here along the bay since. In addition to the endless joys of Santa Monica beach life, is the amazing availability of recreational opportunities in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. There are dozens of great trails from easy to high-moderate whose trailheads begin... More 

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Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A great way to blow the cobwebs away from the long flight the day before. The views from up the hill over Santa Monica & LA were stunning.

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Many great traisl in the many canyons, well groomed, fairly well marked, Some are quite demanding (hills), all have good parking at their base.

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Santa Monica, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
37 helpful votes 37 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
156 helpful votes 156 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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