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Address: Santa Monica, CA
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Part of the National Recreation Area.

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$175.00*
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California Coast and Canyons Helicopter Tour
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$255.00*
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Malibu Canyon and Coast Air Tour

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Wonderful hikes!

I'm so lucky to live here! I can hike different trails any day of the week, even in the rain! Highly recommend!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
LAVict0ria
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm so lucky to live here! I can hike different trails any day of the week, even in the rain! Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really to recommend for hiking. Several trails, some of them a bit demanding. All trails offer great views over the mountain range and some over the sea as well. Once on the top of the tri peaks summit, "climb" a bit down behind them for some nice caves!

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Appleton, WI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Rented a car from Hertz with GPS and was looking for something to do and it gave me this. Well.., it was the most frightening drive I've ever done. It is a very curvy road with lots of turns and twist. Take it slow. The views were amazing - how do they build the homes there and who lives there.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Went to the Malibu Park to hike to the former Mash film set. It was very hot, you need to bring water and there is one steep climb. We did this is 2.5 hours including a diversion to the dam. Very good exercise and the walk was very scenic.

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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We frequent the Santa Monica Mountains and it's always a treat for hiking trails, lookout points and being a part of Nature! There are many roads to explore - Decker Canyon Rd. which takes you thru hills & valleys from Westlake Village to the Pacific Ocean. Kanan Road winds thru the hills from Agoura Hills to Malibu & Zuma Beach.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

I've always thought the Santa Monica Mountains were kinda blah....Solstice Canyon being totally trashed w/graffiti, trash, and random parties going on w/loud music around the ruins....although it does offer nice ocean views, it just felt like any other "city hike." Boy was I WRONG though. The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak is absolutely GORGEOUS! The road to get to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Really nice for hiking and still pretty accesible and close to L.A. and Santa Monica!! I really enjoyed the trails and some of the views of both the Pacific Ocean and sometimes Downtown L.A. when hiking here!

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

I've only hiked up to the top once and although the day was super hot the view from the top is worth it. It's beautiful and breezy. Take a lot of water to drink and maybe rinse off a bit once you reach the top, and a picnic lunch, something to sit on, bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat........ More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Stayed in Calabasas and did a hike to the canyon. Never hiked any canyon before, so this was the premiere. Me and my friends really liked it. Also it is very nice to drive through the canyon by car from Calabasas to Malibu. Right after you enter Malibu, there is an amazing spot with great view. Also you can stop... More 

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Sandstone Peak trail is 3 miles round trip hike . The trip climbs steeply but very nice view on the higher point of Santa Monica Mountains.

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