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The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area or SMMNRA, is a United States National Recreation Area containing many individual parks and open space preserves, located primarily in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. The SMMNRA is located within the greater Los Angeles region, with two thirds of the parklands in northwest Los Angeles County, and the remaining third including a Simi Hills extension in southeastern Ventura County, California.
We did the loop to the peek. It was marvelous! We went the day after it rained, so there was mud on parts of the trail where the sun hasn't hit yet. It took us a while because we had to tackle the quick (sinking) mud.
I cannot believe this was so close to LA; it truly didn't feel like we were in the city. Definitely beautiful and a great way to step away from bustling, cemented, and polluted city.
The most challenging part was getting from the parking to the start of the trail. After that, there were rolling hills, but totally doable.
Will come back again! I went to Utah to see the balancing rock.. who knew there was one here all along
Really enjoyable hike. Start early - limited parking and very popular. I did this hike 2 days ago with my kids ages 6&7. No problems and they loved exploring the old houses and water fall. Yesterday I had to go back solo so I could add the deer valley loop to this hike. In my opinion the Deer Valley loop is a little tougher. FYI: When you get to the top of the deer valley loop take the service road to the very top and get a great view of the coast line. Elevation around 1400' With both loops I think you get around 9 miles and with all the roller coaster climbs you end up with a total elevation climb of +2000.