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“Nature and Recreation Next to LA”

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Owner description: The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow to Ventura, features a rich variety of plants and wildlife.
Reviewed October 19, 2013

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a huge area that protects the rare Mediterranean environment and offers a multitude of recreational activates from hiking, camping, swimming, surfing, motoring and much more just northwest of LA. Composed many public lands and some private lands encompassing well know and lesser know parks, valleys, beaches and roads, many used for filming familiar movies and shows. 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 famous Hollywood Sign (although we much preferred touring along the Mulholland Highway), Topanga State Park, Runyon Canyon Park, Santa Monica Beach & Pier, Topanga Beach, Malibu area and Zuma Beach. 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. 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.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Such history and beauty. Enjoyed just looking at the sights and the mountains and of course the beach.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent four days at the Sycamore Canyon Campground and we went through one trail that started from the campground (Overlook Fire Road). The trail, which follows the fire road, turned out to be a real hell: 10 miles of parched land without a hint of shade under a scorching sun with at least 110 degrees. At one point I had a panic attack. There was a growing desolation around that gripped my heart. My only hope was rekindled at the sight of the ocean on the way back. I do not think I will ever return. The beaches, though, are spectacular and worthy of note.

2  Thank Romina P
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

January through May, there are waterfalls, vistas and plenty of wildflowers to enjoy while exercising one's body and mind. Rancho Sierra Satwiwa has a cultural center with storytellers, basketweaving classes and other native American related activities. Volunteers lead hikes several times a week during the cooler seasons (see the Calendar of Events posted on the website below). Circle X has camp sites to rent. Some parks have fees and others don't.

Go to www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/things2do.htm for more information.‎ Download park brochures and the Calendar of Events at http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/index.htm.

2  Thank Susan L
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've hiked here many times. Beautiful oak trees and hills. River and rock pool. Old MASH site.

$ for parking at the main entrance but there are several other places to enter for free.

Thank gps42
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