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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.
I loved the trail ... but the trail to do the loop is not well marked. The first time we went clockwise and ended up on the wrong trail and hikes 17+ mi. The second time we went counter clockwise and only had a small misstep and ended up hiking 14 mi ... great views though the hike back will be in full sun so bring water and start early.
Christopher C. on Solstice Canyon Loop Trail
It was a fascinating and beautiful trail. There aren't many where you can hike through ruins while getting killer views of the ocean and valleys. It takes some time for sure if you wanna go all the way through.
Hiked to the waterfall and then back to the parking lot on the Rising Sun trail. First half is very easy and beautiful through the bottom of the canyon. Rising Sun takes you up the mountain, which is a moderate but gradual incline, and well worth the views of the canyon and Pacific Ocean. Overall a gorgeous hike!
Lor L. on Solstice Canyon Loop Trail
One of my favorite place to hike
Most of the wild flowers that people originally posted about were dead. You can still see or hear the traffic most of the time. We also had difficulty figuring out which way to go and some of the climbs were pretty steep, more like a moderate hike.
• Great workout, the second big uphill climb kicked my butt a little in the full sun and heat - so bring lots of water
• if you start early like 7 or 8am you'll get a lot more morning shade to rest in but there's a lot more marine layer and cloud obscuring your view. Even starting at 9am, I think some of the "amazing" views were obscured
• to be honest, there are better views of the ocean from other hikes - you see a lot of houses and land first so it's not that great
• back end of the hike there's horses and poop from a horse tours ranch in the valley but it's not as bad as say, Will Rogers state park
Topanga state park tent camping
Santa Monica tent camping
Malibu tent camping
I hope this post helps people find this campsite, since it was difficult for me.
It's right off the pacific coast highway about 5 miles. Take topanga canyon road then entrada way. Even once you get to the trail head/parking lot there still isn't too much info.
But if you start on the musch trail, it is paved at the beginning, then you'll go up 75-100 yards and then take a right on to a dirt hiking trail. This will take you up into the park a ways until you come to a T on the trail. On the right there is a sign that says "musch meadow trail." Go to the right for about 100 yards until you get to the bathrooms that serve the campground. The place is used for horses so you'll see a couple corrals by the sites. The whole hike is 1 mile from start to finish. Takes about 20 minutes.
The campsite is first come, first serve. There are 6 sites. The number of each site is on a flat number on each picnic table. $7 a night, no more than 3 nights. Bring exact change. Plus $10 for day use fee that is payed at the parking lot. The Rangers do check.
Perfect place to stay for cheap and still hit up the beach every day.