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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.
Brought my pup - great trail to bring a dog on. Wide trail for the most part - sweeping views of the ocean and mountains. Good incline for running and nice stop by the stream halfway for lunch. I would recommend downloading a map before heading onto this trail as there are several intersections where I could see getting off track. AllTrails map/god worked great!
the hike was good, got a good sweat going up toward the trail with neat things along the way to see: parrots nesting and the old homes, a tad disappointed with the waterfall considering we just had heavy rains but it is CA. The tough part was the parking. I recommend going early to avoid having to park up the road.
This is a great area for hiking. I could see how some people end up off trail and adding miles to their hikes, though. There are several areas where trails split off. Be sure to study the map and look and the "intersections" you are going to run across. The views are beautiful, but for the most part, you are in full sun with the exception of the occasional shady patch. Also, be prepared for a leg buster. Bring plenty of water.
This is a beautiful area to hike. There was not much water flowing, but it was beautiful regardless. Views of the ocean on the way up were awesome. If you scramble up some rocks near the mountain, you can find what remains of a religious sanctuary.
Great moderate hike. We parked at the education center, free. We went right first , up the trail which said sunrise trail I believe. It was the incline & harder side to the hike. Then after coming to the waterfall we went back the way most people start. Much better this way to knock out that part first & just have a easy mostly partially paved way back. Cool views of the sunrise & the sun off the ocean.
did this hike about 6 months ago, in the summer. I LOVE THIS HIKE. it's probably one of my favorites. Rock climbing, hiking, waterfalls, and nice in the summer with all the trees. Keeps a stead heart rate above 130 if you get a good pace. The rocks make this trail more like an adventure and less like a normal hike. Can get pretty busy, get there early.
Did the entire trail plus an additional 1.7 out and back with a few hundred of elevation gain as our dogs went home (we live off the beginning of the trail and i dont think they realized we didnt turn up). parked halfway down serrano and left a car at sandstone's circle x parking lot. not a technical trail by any means but significant elevation gain and long. had a large nathan pack and 4 water bottles that dogd myself and hubby finished halfway thru. bring water, leave the parked car no later than 7.
we see boney ridge as our backyard and wanted to be able to say we hiked that ::points to it:: but the views FROM the ridge are not spectacular in the least bit. they are predominantly north-facing and i was hoping to see more of out neigborhood (south facing malibu not north facing newbury).