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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Address: 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone Number: 805-370-2301
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Horseback riding, Birdwatching
Owner description: The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow...
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Horseback riding, Birdwatching
Owner description: The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow to Ventura, features a rich variety of plants and wildlife.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great easy hiking, went with my grand children. You can walk, bike even horse back. You can even hike from the trail head on Lynn Road @ Wendy to Sycamore beach. It is up and over the mountain. Need to plan the trip and have someone pick you up on the beach side. Email the park service for info

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

First time to the SM Mountains, been meaning to go for a LONG time. Beautiful and super bright green on this beautiful early February day. Went in through the Ranco Sierra Vista/Satwiwa entrance. Great little hike to the waterfall (trickle this time of year but hey - its water!). Hiked up the falls into the the hillside and "got lost"... More 

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Yorkville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I love nature and our national park services, so while in LA we took the a day trip to the mountains. The kids got to explore and be junior rangers. Such a beautiful area to see!

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West Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

took a drive on PCH and had a beautiful time sight seeing and checking out the beach and the mouton ranges

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

For those from all over Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, this is the place where both the National Park Service and the California States Parks own land for public recreation. The Mountain Range is in both Counties and mainly the recreation is in the form of camping, day use and extensive well maintained hiking trails. It overlooks Malibu and the... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

You only have to walk an easy 4 or 5 miles round trip into the Santa Monica Mountains to see where MASH was filmed - including those distinctive peaks shown at the start of every episode as the helicopter circles in and lands. The helpful, well informed staff at the Visitors' Center / King Gillette Ranch recommended the route and... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had a great time biking from the mountains to the sea in Sycamore Canyon. It was a beautiful ride, though you can still see quite a bit of fire damage. We biked to the beach, had a picnic by the sea and decided to add in a difficult side trip on our return loop through the park. "Hell Hill,"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great escape to great hiking. Hike to the "waterfall" or to the ocean (8miles). I've seen everything from deer and bunnies to coyotes and rattle snakes on hikes here. Great mountain biking. Usually see people but many moments of blissful solitude

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Includes ability to climb up Mt Boney and 10 mile trail from Newbury Park to Beach and Pacific Ocean

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

There are a few agencies that come together and preserve a vast amount of land in these mountains. The National Park visitor center is a great resource for hiking, etc. We stopped there and the ranger was extremely helpful. We did some hikes while there last year and a few more this year. The mountains are great and the overall... More 

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