Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

this was not an easy trail.. more like 5m out and back.

great mountain views. no shade. good hike for staying fit

Love this trail!

Did this hike today , I wouldn’t say easy but not hard. It was hot , little shade. My dogs needed a few breaks for water. Water fall was beautiful from what we heard more water than usual. I will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

No Shade ! Blazing hot. Please add filter to app to filter on shade!

hiking
2 months ago

China Flat semi loop w/Semi Peak. 6.1 mi total. Started 1400 King James Court and went up China Flat trail, then to Simi Peak trail. On the way back we to took Suicide Trail back to China Flat. It was a sunny but really nice day. Not too warm and every once in a while got just a tad chilly. But really it was perfect. This would be really tough on a hot day, there is just a couple of small spots with shade. Beautiful views.We were able to see mountain tops with snow (one of which should be Mt. Baldy but i can't tell) and also channel islands.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful

Great hike!

Good hike especially for beginner to moderate hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

My hiking friends and I broke this up in 5 sections, going east to west. Section 1: Will Rogers to Deadhorse Trail,
Section 2: Deadhorse Trail to Malibu Canyon, Section 3:Malibu Canyon to Newton Canyon, Section 4: Newton Canyon to Mishe Mokwa Trailhead, Section 5: Mishe Mokwa to Ray Miller Trailhead. This is a beautiful hike with views of the Pacific on each section. We took a few side trips that shouldn't be missed, Hondo Canyon being one of them. The rock formations at Casto Crest was another favorite spot filled with caves and lots of exploring opportunities. We had multiple people in our group so we were able to shuttle back and forth with all the cars we had. I've heard that you can also arrange an Uber or Lyft car to get you back to your car. But I'd make sure you have cell phone service before you depend on this. This was one of the best times I've had on the trail. The last 16 miles (which turned into 17 due to a missed trail sign) was by far the most difficult. That could always be turned into 2 sections though. However you do this trail, just make sure you do it in Winter. There's many exposed trails, and with the warm Jan/Feb weather we had, it gave us a glimpse of what truly hot weather would be like. This is definitely a cool to mild weather hike. I also suggest an east to west direction so you are always looking at the Pacific, and if you time it right, you're last hike on The Ray Miller Trail will give you gorgeous sunset opportunities.

This is NOT a hard hike. Moderate IMO.

Great ocean views.

I have hiked it both ways. Please use gps directions given here as there are a lot of side trails.

Awesome place to take ur dog, and a workout at the same time very easy, don’t forget to go through the underpass it will add another mile to ur walk and ur best friend the 4 legged kind

Nice hike. little bit of a workout at the beginning, but once you get to the top, totally mellow. Great views

hiking
4 months ago

Recommend having an app like this or AllTrails for reference on the hike. We missed a turn off the trail- a bit tough and uphill to recover. Saw quail on this venture.

on Caballero Canyon Trail

trail running
4 months ago

Great little trail. First mile out is pretty flat before you hit the climbing for another half mile. You reach a fire road and have the option of entering some single track routes, but you have to look for them. Route is about 60% shade. Definitely coming back to explore the other single track routes.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent to Simi Peak

Wow, AllTrails updated the route based on my experience. Nice!

Walking clockwise the trail is impassable about a mile in. With some common sense and gps you can work out a detour that will add maybe two tenths of a mile to the loop.
Also the first few miles parallel the highway with the expected noise level
And, if that’s not enough, watch out for sting nettles near the detour.

hiking
5 months ago

Doing the loop is a great workout. On a beautiful day, it's pretty. On a hot day, it's alright. The riparian canyon is very nice though. The climb out of the canyon to the SE featured a lot of evidence of rock fall, landslide and other hazards. There are a few sections that loom over you that definitely give you an uneasy feeling. The connector trail to the ocean return route was clear but a bit overgrown. Bring lots of water. Don't let three stars fool you. Everyone gives everything five stars. But five stars is like Yosemite level, so three isn't too bad. Have fun.

hiking
6 months ago

The beginning was steep for me but good hike after

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, beautiful scenery

trail running
6 months ago

Nice climb at the beginning then plenty of options on rolling fire roads along the ridges

Less easy than expected. I don’t see some children doing the first part. Which is also very noisy with the freeway..
Won’t do it again even But the views are amazing.

trail running
6 months ago

beoke my toe here

1.5 up. 1.5 down.

Great views. Luckily found a cloudy day to hike since there's not much shade along the trail normally.

Great hike. Lots of exercise, great views, secluded. Had a 1 year old in a pack and a small dog that needed carried the last 4 miles. Was pretty strenuous. As all the other reviews state, bring lots of water and wear sun block as you're exposed pretty much the entire hike. Yes the trail is over grown in sections (for California standards). I wore shorts and it wasn't too bad. Total miles based on our GPS was 11.1 so we must have taken a different trail at the end (we went clockwise as well). We'll probably do this again as it's one of the few options that allow dogs

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