Explore the most popular camping 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.

hiking
4 days ago

great hike with great views.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful views the whole time! I would rate this loop as “strenuous”. Bring lots of water and spf. There are also some very rocky downhillls. Ocean views are glorious! Have fun!!

It was challenging for our pooch but over all the trail was great and spectacular view ... the formation of the rocks were picture perfect and would love to come back more often!!! Next time best to bring extra water esp when the weather is warm... luckily hikers were kind enough to share to us their water... after seeing us had to carry our voluptuous med sized dogs :-) pack some lunches .. great idea to stop for a picnic... there are some tables when u reach halfway. Pay attention where you park... there are 2 parking lots and we could not find our car

Good view. Can get really hot in sunny days

Great family hike!

Ok- this is a beautiful landscape to hike in, and I am glad I did it...however, a couple things of note: the map at the trail designated this as strenuous, not moderate, and it is 6 miles—
There are LOTS of paths that are like river beds without water, and almost no flat ground to walk on for the last 2 miles downhill of the hike. There are several places where you have to actually climb up and through boulders to continue on.
Sandstone Peak is not an actual path...it is actually an incline of rocks, sandstone, and a few large steps...at the top, it was gorgeous, but not for anyone afraid of heights...or falling...there are no guard rails, paths, etc. Again, I am glad I went, but small kids would have struggles, and it was tough!!

1 month ago

nice trail didnt finish it though I was the only one hiking it this morning so I decided to cut it short . will definitely hike it again and finish it for sure ..

Really amazing trail. Many for the in-depth information posted here and the ribbons/yellow paint markers along the way!

Great hiking trails for family and your paw babies.

Did this over the course of two days on accident. I started by going down the fire road, the slow climb to Boney Ridge, across to Sandstone/ Mt. Allen monument, to Tri Peak. At Tri Peak I lost the trail completely, spent 45 minutes trying to find a safe way through before giving up and going back the way I came. That ended up with a 22 mile hike. Not to be beat by this darn thing, I returned the next day to go the other direction, walking the approx. 4.75 miles to Tri Peak. I emerged from the trail at Tri Peak, right where I got lost, finally figuring out how to get down. Turns out a bush has fallen, covering the trail and hiding the path when looking down. Anyway, great hike, beautiful views, and worth it. Certainly don’t be like me - take the 4.75 mile walk to Tri Peak first because it is a lot more difficult and good to get it out of the way first.

awesome hike great views totally worth it.

One of the best hikes in Malibu; moderately difficult, great scenery and views

Beautiful early spring day for a hike, and a beautiful place to take one. Red sandstone monoliths contrasted nicely with green coastal shrubs, some of which were blooming. We saw a couple of dozen other hikers on this trail, and the trail is dog friendly. The views are amazing and reminded me a little of hiking in Arizona with the red sandstone contrasting with the greenery of the plant life and the bright blue dessert skies. The parking lot was flooded from recent rains, and was nearly full to capacity when we arrived-but there was also parking on the street leading into this hike. This area also appears to be popular with rock climbers and rappelers as we saw both.

1 month ago

Nice quick trail with a beautiful stream and waterfall. At the end u can climb to ur heart’s content... depends how daring u r. We all enjoyed it kids included...

Done this trail a few times. It had water year round 2017. Nice technical trail once you get to the creek. Great half-day hike.

Really enjoyable. Great views, not too much elevation change.

Great Hike Amazing view from the top.

Good hike with solid elevation. Seemed really long on a hot day. Views are great but some high clouds blocked the ocean view for us...

excellent trail, lots of vegetation so quite cool though there are some exposed spots. highly recommended.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a heavenly place...this place can take you there to lose your mind and find your soul

Beautiful hike! Great surrounding views of Santa Monica mountains and also the ocean on a clear day. Cool to see all the caves and also rock climbers in the distance. The 6-mile MisheMakwe loop was beautiful, but the straight hike (2miles or so) to and from Sandstone peak is also a nice tough little hike (same elevation gain as the 6 mile loop in a fraction of the distance).
Fun drive to the parking lot too haha!
Done this a few times now but there's only a mobile bathroom in the parking lot about half of the time.

The views were absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! We went right and did Mishe Mokwa first. There was continual incline but it wasn’t bad...completely doable. It was just after rain so we saw a few small waterfalls and the trail was a bit muddy in places but again doable. We went to Inspiration Point and quite frankly the views there were way more astonishing that at Sandstone Peak!!!! This has been by far my favorite hike to date!!! I recorded the hike it was 7.2 miles (including inspiration point).

Great views! A bit wet after a couple days of rain but totally doable still! My dog loved it!

Love this trail!! Breathtaking views all the way. Prepare for an incline tho

Did slowly.. Took a left at first split straight towards Sandstone Peak. I'd rather heavy elevation gains for a shorter period & within first part of hike, than to deal with gradual, longer incline. Once you bag your peak, Inspiration Point is still another mile or 1.5 -- this map shows tintsy tiny bit of trail variance when heading from Sandstone towards Inspiration compared to my friends. No big deal. Hers showed to take trail pointing to Tri Peaks, this map has you go slightly different. Both are right & meet up w one another very quickly. Don't be surprised, after Inspiration Point, trek still another 3+ (this map I used didn't calculate actually stopping at Inspiration but it is WELL worth it if you do). If I'd planned better I would have added Tri Peaks.. The last 1/2 of hike is gradual descent but more tiring than you expect due to exertion to Sandstone. Views are stunning almost entire hike!. This would be great to take an out of towner hiker on. Better than cliche Hollywood sign or Runyon, in my opinion. Saw Channel Islands. Heavily trafficked though with not as much trail etiquette... that was only down side. Oh, and towards very end, follow map. When you get to sign that says .4 to Yerba Buena Rd or .2 to Sandstone, take that later.. that'll get you back to correct lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Favorite trail to take with kids. Just hard enough to keep them challenged without too much complaining, fun boulder scrambling opportunities. Bring a lunch and wear a bathing suit if it's been a wet year, kids love to splash around in the water.

It was beautiful but it was overcast most of the time. Can’t imagine how awesome it must be on a clear day. Started at 10am and only 2 cars were in the parking lot. Didn’t see anyone until inspiration point. Great day

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