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Santa Monica Mountains

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Part of the National Recreation Area.
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  • Average4%
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“hiking trails” (13 reviews)
“topanga canyon” (10 reviews)
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

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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.

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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

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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

1  Thank Dadof2inBRU
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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

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Take a morning or afternoon ride to one of the many parks nestled in the mountains. Try Santa Monica Creek S.P. for a hike to the MASH filming site. It's just nice to get away from the Ocean Ave. and Rodeo Drive crowds and enjoy...More

1  Thank julesx4mclaughlin
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

This hike is very enjoyable because of the water and the shade trees! It’s totally worth the drive and can be done in a couple of hours. It’s a moderate hike, so get ready to sweat a little!

Thank Michael A
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

There are many places to hike in the Santa Monica mountains. One if just at the end of Temescal Canyon Road. There is free parking on the street and a parking lot where you can pay. Absolutely beautiful views of the entire Santa Monica bay...More

Thank mcorbin560
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

There are about 8-10 roads running north / south from Pacific Coast Highway ( Malibu area ) up to 101 . Avoid 27 ( well developed ) and try some of the lesser known roads like Kanan Dume Road or Rt 23 or Corral Canyon...More

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Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

Decided to hike the Santa Monica mountains on a Sunday afternoon. The trails were not very crowded and offered some excellent views of the Pacific Ocean.

Thank Matthew Z
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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
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tlsportsgalOhio
July 30, 2015|
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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
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randsmorris
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
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