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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.
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).
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