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Best trails in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 57 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 31 moderate trails in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area ranging from 1.6 to 10.1 miles and from 88 to 3,057 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Park information
Acreage:
154095 acres
Park hours
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Contact
805-370-2300
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Top trails (57)
#1 - Backbone Trail to Sandstone Peak and Mishe Mokwa Trail Loop
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular Echo Cliffs where rock climbers ascend the cliffs. There are stunning sandstone formations andShow more
#2 - Mishe Mokwa to Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
These trails sustained significant damage during the Woolsey Fire. The Mishe Mokwa Trail is a beautiful, well-maintained trail that takes you through a variety of landscapes and showcases the scenicShow more
#3 - Grotto Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Grotto Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#4 - Sostomo and Deer Valley Loop Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
Excellent hike, strenuous stretches, good workout, great views. There’s a gate as you turn onto Solstice Canyon Road from Corral Canyon Road. This gate opens at 8:00 am. If you want to start earlier, Show more
#5 - Mishe Mokwa Trail to Split Rock Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
Mishe Mokwa Trail to Split Rock Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#6 - Wendy Trail to Waterfalls
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
The trail begins with a slight downhill to a tree-lined creek bed, which sometimes has a little water. Shortly after emerging from the trees, you will arrive at a junction. Take the trail to the lefShow more
#7 - Boney Mountain Overlook Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
Boney Mountain Overlook Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newbury Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily usedShow more
#8 - Ocean and Canyon View Trail
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Rocky cascades, bedrock pools, rich geological formations, seasonal waterfalls This is a stunning adventure hike with swimming holes, rocky cascades, wonderful geologic formations and car-size bouldeShow more
#9 - Backbone Trail to Sandstone Peak
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
Backbone Trail to Sandstone Peak is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#10 - China Flat Trail Loop
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
There are several off-shoots to this trail on the northern side if hikers wish to extend their trip.Show more
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