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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.
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.
I did this trail not too long ago with 3 friends of mine and we all loved it. I did the 10 mile version all the way to the peak and then kept on going until the decline eventually hit the highway. Great trail, it's a knee burner so bring some water and wear the right clothes . Start early morning at sunrise and you'll love it !