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“nature, hiking trails, simple LA!”

Santa Monica Mountains
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Malibu Canyon and Coast Air Tour
Ranked #4 of 108 things to do in Santa Monica
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Owner description: Part of the National Recreation Area.
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stunning view from the top, the mountains' area is just a good spot to take a walk solo and momentarily escape from the pollution of the city.
The trails are wide and there are plenty of spots for camping and horseriding; however, before taking a walk is important to have a map and know exactly which trail to follow.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

The Santa Monica Mountains is a large, mostly natural area exhibiting a rare Mediterranean environment which offers a multitude of recreational activates from hiking, camping, motoring, horseback riding and much more just northwest of LA. Composed of many public lands and some private lands encompassing well know and lesser know parks, valleys and roads, many used for filming familiar movies and shows, and reaches down to the ocean where there are many famous beaches. Highlights include Paramount Ranch (Dr. Quinn and many films), Malibu State Park (M*A*S*H, Planet of the Apes), King Gillette Ranch (The Biggest Loser), the famous Mulholland Drive and the Hollywood Sign, the Mulholland Highway (which we preferred), Topanga State Park, Runyon Canyon Park and Will Rogers State Park. There is much more and if one is spending any time in LA, one should spend at least a day exploring and enjoying the area and visiting one of the famous beaches at the base of the mountains. We would recommend stopping by the Interagency Visitor Center next to King Gillette Ranch to see the exhibits, introductory movie and help with planning your visit including current programs and events.

2  Thank Steve1362
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We are so fortunate to have the lovely Santa Monica Mountains to play in. Do a Google search to see all the fantastic hiking trails. I enjoy hiking from January to June because I favor wildflowers, butterflies, and other nature (not into the "long view" so hoofing to the top of a mountain is not entertaining to me). There are some great wildflower hikes throughout.

Take the trailhead from Pacific Coast Highway so you can enjoy views of the Pacific along your hikes.

Some trails take you through filming locations; the most famous is Malibu Creek, where MASH used to be filmed.

If you visit LA to do more than looking for celebrities or theme parks, please do a search to find your bliss in the Santa Monica Mountains.

2  Thank Plumeria D
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

I go hiking in different areas of the Santa Monica mountains on a regular basis, each weekend almost. Malibu or Topanga Canyon are the most popular access points for me since I live here. There's plenty of peaceful hiking trails for outings, with excellent viewpoints, depending on how high you'd like to go up there.

Thank Skinmeister
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

My wife & I wanted to get out of the city for a bit and see the amazing views of the Santa Monica mountains, so off we went, drove for an hour and a half and parked up at the parking area just after Circle X Ranch, armed with a pre-planned 7 mile route from a hiking website that was to take us across three different peaks. And walk it we did - but during a heatwave, with no hats, and nowhere near enough water. By the end it was getting a little hairy and we were just glad to be safe and back in civilisation.

If you're spending some time in LA then do yourself a favour and get into these mountains - the views are incredible. Just research a good route in advance, make sure you're comfortable with the distances and the heights involved, and if you think you have enough water, double it and maybe add a little more. This is not a place you want to get stranded!

Thank Scruff_UK
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