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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.
I love this trail. It gives you everything your looking for in a hike. Good workout, good scenery, easy to difficult trails, it can go from 3-7 hours, there are different trails to take, it's all up to you how much you want to see, how far you want to go. Nice spots to relax, lots of ruins to see, and three different sets of a waterfall. It's beautiful after the rain. Definitely recommend this hike.
This trail has a nice wildflower bloom that develops later than many of the other trails. I was here a month ago and there weren't many at all. On this hike there were quite a few concentrated about a quarter mile into the hike for about a half mile. The rest of the hike had a few scattered along the trail. One, the Yellow Mariposa Lily, I had never seen before. I also saw Chinese Houses for the first time in the wild. I may have seen them in flower gardens as they looked familiar.
It was an awesome hike. We had a one year old but still did the solstice canyon trail and the trw trail as well. Amazing views once you reach the rising terrace . It's quite a uphill but totally worth it. and the waterfall was beautiful on the way to the top.
Just finished this hike and it's so beautiful. "moderate" is a good description for difficulty level. I would definitely would recommend or go back to visit. Nice walk w/ some incline and I only hiked to the waterfall so I'm looking forward to hiking even further next time!