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Santa Monica Mountains

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Santa Monica Mountains Make Us Healthy!

Our group hikes weekly in these beautiful, yet nearby mountains. Thanks to all who obey the rules... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Great Views

We drove through the mountains to enjoy the view of the ocean and area. The drive was very... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2019
Bob C
Albany, New York
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“hiking trails”(14 reviews)
“topanga canyon”(10 reviews)
Part of the National Recreation Area.
Santa Monica, CA
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Our group hikes weekly in these beautiful, yet nearby mountains. Thanks to all who obey the rules and keep trash and graffiti out. We enjoy the fresh air and many plants and occasional sightings of special birds, rabbits, and lizards. Because the paths are connected,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 5, 2019

We drove through the mountains to enjoy the view of the ocean and area. The drive was very leisurely despite what one thinks about the fast pace in California. Many place available to stop and enjoy nature.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 30, 2018

Been to Santa Monica mountains 2 times while we were driving back and forwards to Chatsworth and further inner places. Nice change from the flat beach geography.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

A very nice change of scenery from the concrete of the city, the beach and loads of traffic. Although not as high as other mountain ranges in the country, the neat thing is they are so very close to the city and they are abundant....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

Nice uphill terrain, very dusty. so don't bring your good sneekers. bring water and a good hat. it is a lot more fun going down the trails than up.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018

A surprisingly fun set of hiking trails for all fitness levels. Easy to access with Public Transport or by car. The views in all directions are spectacular and there's a Farmer's Market nearby where you could get a healthy snack afterwards.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank aneil4lom
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Will Rogers Park on Sunset Blvd. will get you into the mountain trails, as will Topanga Canyon Rd. or Temescal Canyon.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank MarilynLA
Reviewed May 27, 2018

If you are looking for a longish hike with varied and beautiful views, this is for you. What to know: I'm 50 and in moderately good shape. The high was 65 and breezy with some cloud cover. I did it in running shoes, shorts and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank todwith1d
Reviewed May 7, 2018

Spent the afternoon hiking up to the top of a mountain and relished the views of LA, Santa Monica, and Malibu. Not for the casual walker, these hills can be quite steep. The trip to the top is worth it but be aware that the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Dadof2inBRU
Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

We did the Mishe Mokwa trail and backbone trail. It was close to 8 miles and 75 floors according to my iPhone app. Great view from the top. You can see Catalina as well as some beautiful terrain of the Santa Monica mountains. One of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Rahul G
August 18, 2017|
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Response from treike | Reviewed this property |
There are quite a few trails that would probably work, however, without more info it would be difficult to recommend any particular one. I would suggest you do a google search for "small child friendly hikes santa monica... More
July 30, 2015|
Response from Michael H | Reviewed this property |
Greetings. The Sandstone peak hike (the Mishe Mokwa trail) is a superb choice. I can’t include links but Google search “Mishe Mokwa” and look at the “modernhiker” page. Copy this into Google maps search box: 34.1131337 N... More
May 26, 2015|
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Response from Michael H | Reviewed this property |
Tricky...The Santa Monica Big Blue bus route 9 from downtown Santa Monica can take you to Temescal Canyon Gateway Park which has a lovely, though well-traveled set of trails. If you Google map "Temescal Canyon Pacific... More