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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.

19 hours ago

Where the trail ends the real fun starts : boulder jumping and climbing, canyoneering....

Beautiful mountain views on this trail! Had all intentions of doing an up and back (from midpoint in the loop) on his one, but 2 1/2 hours in, I headed on back - about 3 miles in, the maintained trail becomes an unmaintained trail. Not a bad thing as you can still follow the “trail,” but trekking this one by myself I did not feel comfortable scrambling the steep rocks up to the top of the mountain.
The trail ascends fairly quickly and steadily with few breaks in the incline and little shade initially. The trail itself is wide and well trafficked (I only saw a group of 4, and another group of 2 coming down, but it’s a Tuesday)…as you head towards Danielson’s Monument it becomes a single track with some coverage. As you pass the monument the trail becomes unmaintained and you’ll be scrambling up a steep incline with washed out ravines and large rocks. I would read the other reviews for info on the second half of the loop if you attempt that.
My mileage total was 6.8 and it took me about 4 hours. Hike would be better in cooler weather for sure!

Great hike but not a lot of shade on the way up. The incline isn’t too steep here, but when you factor in the heat it feels like the trail never ends. I would recommend going either early it be morning or later in the evening. I went at noon like a moron. Happy hiking!

We really enjoyed this hike! Not a lot of shade so I’d recommend going on a cool day. Tracking on Strava it said 6.9miles and 2,028ft elevation gain.

Nice hike, not too difficult but definitely a good workout. The trail is pretty narrow and there's lots of horse poop all along the 4+ miles. Had to keep stopping my dog from trying to eat it. Eew! My dog did get a tick on this hike so use bug spray and check yourself and your furry friends after.

Strenuous hike for sure . 4.5 miles uphill towards the top and then 4.5 down steep path. Past Danielson Monument it gets a little rugged, loose rocks and narrow path/trenches . Make sure to leave very early and bring lots of water as it is an unshaded hike for the most part. Also lots of branches as the trail is not maintained so be prepared for some scratches. Hardest hike I’ve done but worth it for the view.

Beautiful trail, lots to see even on a cloudy day! Split 5 litres of water between 2 fit adults, so don’t forget the H20 and ty to get on the trail early!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of great places to stop and admire nature! I would rate it a "medium" instead of "easy" since it's mostly uphill/downhill. We will definitely be hiking here again!

Easy stroll. Good to see and hear sea lions.

Great trail!

Terrific hike. Beautiful ocean views and enough difficulty to make you feel like you had a solid workout. Started at 8:30am on a Sunday and saw only 4 others on the hike. Serene.

Great hike. Beautiful, rather easy. Kids loved it. Not long.

It’s very nice once you get to the top. Definitely do it in the morning because it gets hot going up

Nice loop hike with some good views and not a ton of people and plenty of parking (arrived at 8:30 am on a Sunday). I would definitely recommend turning left (clockwise) to start off the hike, even though I went right (counterclockwise). Going clockwise will give you more shade towards the end of the hike when it’s hotter. The path does have a lot of loose stones/rocks in some areas so make sure to watch your step.

A steady but steep incline up to 360 views from the summit, awesome hike and workout!

Like others said, it's a challenging hike. Most of the trail is exposed, with the exception of a small piece when you pass the Danielson monument and before the manzanitas. I did this on a hot sunny day, so I would recommend it on a cool overcast day or in dry winter times, although it was chilly at the peak. The trail is also not that well maintained, but it's worth it with the view at the top.

No shade. Go early morning or cool days. Can't give review of full trail. My dog overheated even in his cooling vest and stopping for water in shade. I def wanna return and see the views without him.

hiking
24 days ago

fun hike. free parking lot

Bring snacks and lunch. Beautiful views and canopying trails at times. Green and majestic vistas. Recommend hiking shoes for climb or decent. Amazing and challenging. Wear sunscreen.

challenging uphill climb, rewarding vistas, and cool breeze from the ocean. amazing.

Visiting from SC, this was a perfect loop trail to tackle with my 7 and 10-year-old boys. We loved the ruins, the hollow “slide” tree near the ruins, and the awesome views of the Pacific. Then a quick trip to the beach to cool off!

Amazing trail. Hike to mt Ellen highest point. Beware rattlers.

This is one of my favorite trails in LA since there are so many ways to experience it with it's different off shoots. You can take this lush trail to Balance Rock, Tri-Peaks, Inspiration Point, and to Sandstone Peak which is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains! The hike is a decent workout and is very doable with gradual elevation.

Parking:
This trail has it's own trailhead but I usually access this trail from the Sandstone Peak trailhead.

- @justroc @just.trek

This super lush and scenic Malibu hike is actually just up the street from the Corral Canyon trail and very close to the DELICIOUS Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market.

So let's just get this out of the way since my friend and I wasted a bunch of time trying to find the free parking lot that's at the beginning of the trailhead. Just before the 76 gas station, take a right onto to Corral canyon road and take it all the way to the very end until you see a large (not small) parking lot. This is the actual trailhead. Anyways, we took the pathway that descended into the canyon and it was very level and doable and then we came upon the burned down houses and the small yet cozy waterfall area. I finally found the sign for the "Rising Sun Trail," definitely take this trail as this was my favorite part of the hike as it ascends up the canyon and loops all the way back around to the parking lots. It's quite the workout especially with staircase portion that gets you huffing and puffing. All kinds of beautiful greenery throughout the journey. It took about 3 hours.

UPDATE:
I just did Solstice for my second time but this time around I took the Rising Sun Trail FIRST from the parking lot trailhead. The entrance is not obvious at all so when you get to the main entrance trailhead, look to your right and find the stairs to venture on the Rising Sun trail. It was a nice gradual ascension into the canyon and then after about 1.5 miles it starts to descent into the shaded canyon into the tropical terrace. From the Tropical Terrace ruins, you can take the paved road all the way back to the trail to make the whole journey a loop.

- @justroc @just.trek

great trail run. up, up, up, down into canyon and back up. way up. the single tracks were all pretty overgrown but ok. way back down so pretty.

Beautiful, scenic and just challenging enough to make it a workout.

The perfect day hike. Gorgeous views and nothing overly strenuous. It was a big overcast which obstructed some of the views but made for a great hiking climate. I arrived at the trailhead around 9am and there was plenty of parking and less people on the trail than when I was finishing up around noon. I took my Labrador and he was loving the entire hike, so I’d say this trail is great for active medium+ sized dogs. This is one I’d do again!

This was a wonderful moderate hike. Perfect for a quick get away. The loop is nice. There are some wooded areas, creek areas, and even get hit by a life saving ocean breeze once near the top. The views are fantastic. The flowers in the spring make for perfection.

Great hike! Done it about a dozen times and it never gets old. Well-maintained, great waterfalls, and super peaceful. Do not go on the weekends but go during the week early.

Loved this hike. Beautiful ocean views, nicely marked trails and not too packed. I went on a sunday and there weren't many people. Lots of horseback riding groups and horse manure on the trails. Not much shade, so bring sunscreen, sunglasses and water!

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