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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.

nice trail didnt finish it though I was the only one hiking it this morning so I decided to cut it short . will definitely hike it again and finish it for sure ..

Really amazing trail. Many for the in-depth information posted here and the ribbons/yellow paint markers along the way!

walking
3 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike! We arrived around 7:50am, which was perfect for parking. The scenery was incredible and there were a couple of challenging moments but overall pretty easy and chill. To be honest, we were a bit confused at certain forks in the trail, but that’s just because it was our first time. Will definitely return!

Great hiking trails for family and your paw babies.

The was a beautiful hike. I loved being able to enjoy both the mountains and the water, the view was gorgeous the entire hike! Bonus-looking at the ruins of the old mansion that was burned down during fires and a small waterfall. We saw a lovely group of deer up on the mountains which was a pleasant surprise! Will definitely go back again! Moderate Hike with some steady inclines (we did the loop).

Very beautiful and scenic trail in Malibu. Parking is really hard to find in the designated trail parking area. However, you can find “precarious parking” just 2-3 minutes from the trail entrance. If you want to park “precariously”, don’t enter the road that leads to the initial parking. Continue going up on the road you entered from the Pacific Coast Highway. Other than parking, this is a beautiful and relaxing hike. Not intense at all. The Rising Sun trail does have a pretty steep incline, but definitely doable.

Take the alternative loop back instead of simply turning around at the waterfall. It’s a challenge but you WON’T regret it! The views are incredible. Be on the lookout as this is a natural reserve and rattlesnakes (as well as others) reside here.

Went on this hike recently. Had some issues figuring out where the waterfall was located. Got turned around a few times trying to refer to the alltrails map. We could see the falls so we ended up taking a little side trail off of the Backbone trail and made it up to the falls. Absolutely beautiful, with lots of running water and a few tiers to it. We even climbed up the side of it further and there were more trails on top of the falls. Really great hike, would recommend!

Beautiful and relaxing. It’s definitely an easy hike. Great for kids and dog friendly. Saw a couple of quails running on the trail for a while. So close to Malibu Seafood for after hike lunch.

hiking
10 days ago

Excellent trail. Once you pass the initial incline, you go through beautiful flats with tons of flowers, oak trees, and shade. Gorgeous views from the peak. Not very busy/noisy. Hidden gem.

Did this over the course of two days on accident. I started by going down the fire road, the slow climb to Boney Ridge, across to Sandstone/ Mt. Allen monument, to Tri Peak. At Tri Peak I lost the trail completely, spent 45 minutes trying to find a safe way through before giving up and going back the way I came. That ended up with a 22 mile hike. Not to be beat by this darn thing, I returned the next day to go the other direction, walking the approx. 4.75 miles to Tri Peak. I emerged from the trail at Tri Peak, right where I got lost, finally figuring out how to get down. Turns out a bush has fallen, covering the trail and hiding the path when looking down. Anyway, great hike, beautiful views, and worth it. Certainly don’t be like me - take the 4.75 mile walk to Tri Peak first because it is a lot more difficult and good to get it out of the way first.

awesome hike great views totally worth it.

Awesome hike, definitely bring good hiking shoes if you plan on hiking the whole thing. It's a rocky and dirt trail, great view the whole time and a decent incline with a little bit of elevation.

the , teal fun, not to strenuous!!! thanks for the heads up,Jen.

awesome Jen, thanks

awesome thanks to a wonderful friend, JENNIFER

One of the best hikes in Malibu; moderately difficult, great scenery and views

Beautiful early spring day for a hike, and a beautiful place to take one. Red sandstone monoliths contrasted nicely with green coastal shrubs, some of which were blooming. We saw a couple of dozen other hikers on this trail, and the trail is dog friendly. The views are amazing and reminded me a little of hiking in Arizona with the red sandstone contrasting with the greenery of the plant life and the bright blue dessert skies. The parking lot was flooded from recent rains, and was nearly full to capacity when we arrived-but there was also parking on the street leading into this hike. This area also appears to be popular with rock climbers and rappelers as we saw both.

hiking
18 days ago

No Shade ! Blazing hot. Please add filter to app to filter on shade!

Beautiful views. Lots of different trails to take. Few things though, it has absolutely no shade so I recommend going early in the morning or on a cloudy day. Also the creek was absolutely dry. And if you take your dog, beware of ticks. Found a few on my dog, one during the hike and one after during her bath.

22 days ago

Nice quick trail with a beautiful stream and waterfall. At the end u can climb to ur heart’s content... depends how daring u r. We all enjoyed it kids included...

Done this trail a few times. It had water year round 2017. Nice technical trail once you get to the creek. Great half-day hike.

Really enjoyable. Great views, not too much elevation change.

Great Hike Amazing view from the top.

Snow capped mountains and crystal clear Pacific Ocean in the same breath! This is my new favorite hike in So Cal and I’ll be going back!

Good hike with solid elevation. Seemed really long on a hot day. Views are great but some high clouds blocked the ocean view for us...

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