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Address: Santa Monica, CA

Part of the National Recreation Area.

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If you can do the hike to the top it's worth it!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Oceanside, California

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Than-Thein
Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a nice hike at the Malibu Creek State Park which is part of Santa Monica mountains. Was nice to see the location for the TV show MASH site in Malibu Creek State Park

Thank Kartofale
Santa Monica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful shops and restaurants but not for the slight of pocket. Expensive part of L.A. so you don't find cheap shopping, but there is great stuff... everything from clothing to housewares to restaurants.

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Sherman, Texas
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

we took a guided tour thru the mountains that ended with a hike around the SM mountains and it was amazing

Thank TKitch21
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

I made it through the Santa Monica Mountains quite by accident. I was on my way to a hotel for a business trip and decided to "explore". What I found in these mountains is a majestic wonderland, and quite a hidden secret. Gorgeous majestic mountains with ocean views in the distance. I just had to stop, take a deep breath,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Wait a minute I think I did. Perfect backdrop to the water and city. As good as it gets. Remember this and the water, that's why you came here. Enjoy!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

I went for an awesome hike in the Santa Monica Mountains with my brother this spring and I really loved it. The views are gorgeous and it's not too far from the city but far enough that it's less crowded than hikes like Runyon.

Thank Adrienne T
Santa Monica, California
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

What a terrific public park we have at our disposal!!! Well maintained trails, majestic views, beautiful terrain, and just minutes from Los Angeles!! From April-October just respect the fact that there is an occasional Rattlesnake siting. They normally stay away from us like we try to stay away from them. Have lived here most of my life, and have seen... More 

Thank Bob P

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