Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this loop!! Amazing views from the top and throughout most of the hike. Brought my large dog with and loved it too!

I did this one and recommend taking the Mishe Mokwa trail in, it gives a nice steady incline up. I got off trail for a moment after split rock because I want paying attention. Inspiration point is a perfect place to break to prepare for the scramble up to sandstone peak

nature trips
off trail
rocky
1 day ago

mountain biking
6 days ago

This is a very nice trail I always wanted to go there. I went to the water falls and the Danielson monument. I will go back but my only disappointment is that this trail is not for mountain biking.

Great trail! Bring water! Out of towners beware! There is no phone service at the trailheads... which makes sense, but we didn’t think about it. We weren’t able to grab a Lyft/Uber to get back to our Airbnb. The hiking community came through and drove us back to the beach. (Thank you Brooke and Evan!!!)

hiking
no shade
over grown
scramble
14 days ago

I enjoyed the well marked trail. Didn't see the waterfall....

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

Attempt at own risk. Myself and a couple buddies (all experienced trail runners) gave this trail a shot this week, and it pushed me to my limits. It’s a vertical climb for the first half, and vertical climb as in climbing up and over rocks. Took me about 4.5 hours to complete whole thing. A couple parts of the trail are hard to see but pick up in the distance so keep a sharp eye out because water run off has caused some parts to look like the trail. Beautiful views but again one of the toughest trails I’ve attempted in a while

hiking
no shade
over grown
scramble
24 days ago

This is a great hike! Kicked my butt for sure. The first 3 miles of ascent are pretty easy, then it’s brutal - and I mean really brutal - over the last 1.5 miles to the top. Lots of scrambling and opportunities to slip and fall so be careful. Bring lots of water, sunblock, snacks, etc. I did this in the early morning so it was cool, but it got very warm quickly. I wouldn’t attempt the ascent if it is hot. Coming down the parts that you scramble up is pretty rough too - have to take it slow to keep from slipping on loose sand and rocks. I deducted one star because of the amount of scrambling but otherwise it’s a great hike. Amazing views from the top as others have stated. I will be doing this hike again for sure after the winter rains.

great hike

I live in Chicago and when I get to the area, the MM trail is one of my favorites of all time. Some others that I like have unfortunately been incinerated, like Newton Cyn/Falls, etc. I normally start from the Mishe Mokwa trailhead. You can start from Sandstone Peak trailhead but it's the same hike with an extra 1/2 mile of climbing and no real benefit. I really do think the markings are designed for a counterclockwise loop if you are starting from the MM trailhead. I learned this the hard way. Use your hiking books at the very least(!) A 6.5 mile hike turned into 15 miles. Not good if you didn''t have the right kit at the start. Since then, .I have done it correctly, but I am back to clockwise, because I have a bad knee and I would much rather have a long trudge *UP* the mountain than an endless descent in a rocky wash. If you have any joint issues start at the west end of the loop and go up! I'm so glad to hear that people are doing this hike. I was there in the spring of 2019 just scoping out favorite trails from the road and although the trail looked like it was open, the front side was bare and I wondered how it got once you got back there.

Rising Sun trail to Deer Valley via Solstice canyon. Incredible weather. Trails are neatly organized and well labeled. Spectacular view from Deer Valley!

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