dogs on leash

wild flowers

trail running

nature trips



kid friendly

mountain biking


horseback riding

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.

Gear hike with kids. They loved running around the ruins. The hike was a bit up hill for a while at the end but nothing too bad. The kids had to stop for a breather a couple times.

A lovely trail with disparate terrain and great views - solid 6 miles with a good 1300 ft climb to the peak

I love this trail. The canyon valley is filled with life. The bottom half of the trail is a super shaded fire road and the upper portion (rising sun trail) is uphill and a pretty good but quick workout. There seems to always be rangers in this park and the place is heavily monitored because of its historical landmarks. When I was hiking there was a couple groups of younger college age people who were talking pretty load which was not that cool and there is a lot of the waterfall area that is "closed" now but it's a beautiful place with lots to see. Great place to bring a little picnic.

Nice trail, it was a little busy and parking extended beyond the front entrance. Shortly after starting the trail there was a park ranger set up and sharing information with passers....Nice to see the park service there. The first half of the trail (to the waterfall) had a descent amount of shade, but if you continue on the loop it is primarily sun. I wish I had listened to the previous post and wore long pants, the brush was thick on the trail beyond the waterfall.

Great hike, a must do if you're in the Topanga area.

6 days ago

The first 2-3 miles was most of the challenge of this trail. The trail from Mulholland ascents slow but steady to ~1800ft in that 2-3 mile span. That part of the trail is narrow and overgrown in many areas. If going in some sort of tennis shoe or trail running shoe, you might want to consider short gaiters and/or some kind of lightweight breathable pants as your shoes may get filled with plant/trail debris pretty quick. Once you get to "the top", the rest of the trail is easy and dare I say relaxing. I thoroughly enjoyed this hike and I will return, but not in shorts and trail runners.

8 days ago

9 days ago

I took my dogs on this trail. We came back full of stickers and foxtails. It took about 2 hours to pull out all of them out from between their toes.
This trail IS NOT FOR DOGS