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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Address: 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone Number: 805-370-2301
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Activities: Camping, Hiking, Horseback riding, Birdwatching
Description: The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45...
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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Hiking Fun

My husband and I are just learning to hike. We love to be outside yet still close to the city so we can get where we need to and back. Many people bike or have their horses on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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305 reviews 305 reviews
59 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

My husband and I are just learning to hike. We love to be outside yet still close to the city so we can get where we need to and back. Many people bike or have their horses on the trails too.

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Newbury Park, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Right out your back door!! It absolutely huge and challenging if your a beginner or expert you can find a fun trail to do.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great area to : hike, bike, walk, run, or simply take your time enjoying nature. So many different trails to explore with various levels of terrain. A lot of the area, obviously, is open space. But there are several spots that are shaded, including near a waterfall, where you and the family can stop and enjoy lunch... More 

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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