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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.

It was a pretty easy stroll to the end, where the house ruin and waterfall are. But there was some question about which way to go - does the main Solstice Canyon trail only go one way? Or does it loop? Well, we ended up taking the loop, which I guess turned into the Rising Sun trail.

The Solstice trail has plenty of shade, and a small creek that follows along the trail, but no scenic views of the landscape.

The Rising Sun trail has the beautiful scenic views, but absolutely no shade from the afternoon sun.

Overall good times.

Gorgeous hike. Highly suggest if you can only do one in the area. Variety to the trail - so many spectacular views along the mountain sides, some walks though tree lined paths, others more open areas at the high point, glances at the ocean in the distance. Slightly questionable following the loop as there are a few branches and not all labeled. Would suggest bringing up the map on your phone before starting if you care to stick to this and confirm you're not lost. Not too too crowded. Could see lots of rock climbers in the distance along the trails.

The views on this hike are fantastic, well worth the exertion for a novice hiker like me. We started out early, got there at 6 a.m. and were the first ones in the lot, but it was worth it to avoid the worst of the heat. Because of time constraints, we had to skip the Tri-Peaks leg of the loop (a good reason to come back), but Sandstone Peak didn't disappoint. Make sure you hit Inspiration Point, it was one of the highlights of the hike.

4 days ago

4 days ago

Cool short hike with a cool finish. Map got screwy so I had to stay on main trail. I think it's because I have no phone coverage in any mountain range with AT&T.

Nice hike with Malibu Hiking Meetup Group