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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.

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!

This six-mile loop is easy/moderate, and has beautiful views throughout. There is no cell signal once you’re in the mountains, so don’t rely on GPS to get you all the way to the Mishe Mokwa Trail parking area. Also, there are no bathrooms or water nearby, so plan accordingly.

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5 days ago

My group hiked this on 6/14. We began the trail from a turnout on a the highway instead of the circle x ranch entrance. We began around 12:30am and we made it to the grotto around 2:00am, the hike back was pretty fast. We made it back to our cars around 3:30am. This route added 1mile each way to the trail. SkyHighHikingGroup. We get together and hike at night. For all the busy bodys and late night owls. We are based in Los Angeles. Great hike, good workout. There was water in the grotto, hike was easy but the return did make most of us break a sweat. Recommend.

Very scenic, quiet and peaceful hike. It was about 6.5 miles. That includes walking to Split Rock, walking to Inspiration Point and Sandstone Peak.
The trail to Split Rock is awesome. Amazing views, great many flowers and trees and greenery. We took our time. Stopped for lots of pictures. The amazing Balance Rock is something to just stare at. AMAZING! once you get to Split Rock the hike because a little bit tough since it has gradual incline as you loop around to Inspiration Point and Sandstone Peak. From Sandstone Peak back to the car is not the most pleasant only because there is a lot of rocks on the trail. But if your a hiker, that’s part of the hike.
We went on Saturday got there @8am. Perfect time. Lots of parking and very very few people on our trail. Most people just go to Sandstone Peak and back so this trail is longer but definitely worth the serenity. We had lots of overcast. We would watch the mountains in front of us appear and disappear. Got some sprinkles and walking into the fog was awesome. One of my favorite hikes. Few bottles of water is enough for me but if hot definitely would talked more plus hat! Enjoy. Be safe. Clean up after yourself.

Great hike with the family. Not difficult at all!!

The back side is well shaded recommend doing that half during the peak of that. We started mid day and went the backside to the front and it was not too hot by the time we were in the sun again.

No water in June, just a little mud. Nice little hike. I’d say closer to the medium side of easy.

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12 days ago

Great place to hike if you’re looking for a moderate intensity hike. Parking is extremely limited so be prepared to either park on PCH or up the hill

amazing views of Sandstone peak and Boney, plus very abundant wildflowers but also very overgrown and itchy.

Beautiful trail. Great mid-day hike because you are mostly in the shade. Doesn’t look heavily traveled so be prepared for some over growth resulting in stickers.

this Trail is a very good two in one Trail. first part of the trail and why fire type Access Road which is both Earth and also paved. you reach a ruin which appears to be some type of multi-use camping area. however the falls at the end of the trail is back above the room so you have to climb some pre-made steps to get to the falls. the journey is .6 miles from the trailhead. the second part of the trail is where things get interesting you cross the creek and immediately began a Switchback climb up to the rim

Great wide open paths in the beginning, Beautiful wildflowers, unmarked trail going back down, path narrow and overgrown, lots of bees and lizards. I would’ve been lost without the “AllTrails” map -super helpful

Great hike! Took my friend and I 3 hours to complete with breaks here and there. The mountains look amazing!!! Lots of rocks and flies! Only saw three people during our hike. Water and snack are a must ...

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18 days ago

Up the China Flat Trail. Back down the Suicide Trail. Fun hike. Great views. The app map was helpful as there a lot of little trails at the top. As long as you have the hike locked in before you start, even with no cell coverage, map keeps working with GPS. Very little shade. Take plenty of water. Not a good midday summer hike. Was nice in the morning.

great trail. beautiful scenery. side trail to balancing rock--easy to get off course on way back, but rest of trail really well marked and maintained. hot by mid morning in June

At first I thought it was too easy while we walked the paved path. Once we made it to the old house and waterfall we continued our loop up hill and enjoyed the moderate hike. The views were fantastic and just hot enough to break a sweat. We got lucky on parking right at the entrance of the trail but could see that parking was an issue as it got later. It was a little crowded but people were very polite. Overall glad we took this hike.

Beautiful and lightly trafficked at sunset.

Very cool hike with some amazing views inland over the Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands and South Bay. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to trail run or take it slow all the way. I went to Balance Rock - if you do this trail you have to check it out. You’ll see a little sign shortly after taking a right onto Mishe Mokwa, a couple hundred yards from Split Rock. I finished the hike in 4.5 hrs. It’s roughly 7 miles if you do Balance Rock. My group took our sweet time. You can do this in 3 hrs if you’re a little more focused on the task at hand. Bring at least 2 liters of water if you do this during the summer months. I had to ration out .5 liters because my crew wasn’t entirely prepared - no biggie but easily avoidable. Proper hiking boots are definitely recommended. Sunscreen and hats as well.

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22 days ago

Just finished up the Backbone - linking together sections over the last few months. One of the best ways to experience Coastal Southern California.

Very fun! Push it if you like it more strenuous or chill and enjoy the views if you like that. Either way you’ll love this hike.

Loved this trail! Parking is tight and I recommend parking outside the park entrance, lots of space along the road. The ruins are pretty, great scenic views, and there is shade along the trail.

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