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Gems in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 3

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gem Favorite Clouds begin to fill the sky looking north from Sandstone Peak.

Sandstone Peak

(7) Casa Co…, CA
gem Favorite Balanced rock, viewable from afar as well as up close like this. Very cool landmark.

Echo Cliffs and Balanced Rock

(4) Casa Co…, CA
gem Favorite Murphy Ranch

Murphy Ranch

(7) Santa M…, CA

Recommended Routes in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 38

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Favorite Balanced rock, viewable from afar as well as up close like this. Very cool landmark.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sandstone Peak Loop

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,144' Up 348.65 m Up 1,144' Down 348.63 m Down

Thousan…, CA
Favorite Parker Mesa Overlook looking South.
Intermediate/Difficult

Parker Mesa Overlook

7.5 mi 12.1 km 1,469' Up 447.84 m Up 1,471' Down 448.44 m Down

Las Flores, CA
Favorite A gorgeous day and spectacular views make for a wonderful time on the Ray Miller / Backbone Trail!
Intermediate

Ray Miller at Pt. Mugu

5.5 mi 8.8 km 964' Up 293.88 m Up 963' Down 293.67 m Down

Camarillo, CA
Favorite Nice view from Crags Road.
Intermediate

M.A.S.H Out-and-Back

4.8 mi 7.7 km 226' Up 68.94 m Up 226' Down 68.98 m Down

Agoura, CA
Favorite Amazing view of Santa Monica, you can see Catalina Island on the left side of the photo
Intermediate/Difficult

Inspiration Point - Murphy Ranch Out-and-Back

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,429' Up 435.65 m Up 1,429' Down 435.56 m Down

Santa M…, CA
Favorite Madonna Rock
Intermediate

Solstice Canyon Loop

2.9 mi 4.7 km 676' Up 206.06 m Up 664' Down 202.42 m Down

Malibu, CA
Favorite Traversing the Canyon View Trail overlooking Malibu and the Pacific Ocean
Intermediate/Difficult

Zuma Ridge/Canyon Loop

11.1 mi 17.9 km 2,696' Up 821.65 m Up 2,718' Down 828.38 m Down

Malibu, CA
Favorite The Temescal Canyon Trail heads through a foliage tunnel.
Intermediate

Temescal Canyon Loop

3.8 mi 6.1 km 930' Up 283.52 m Up 926' Down 282.34 m Down

Santa M…, CA
Favorite Nice and shady.  Lots of trees!
Intermediate

Sullivan Canyon Loop

10.9 mi 17.5 km 1,518' Up 462.65 m Up 1,488' Down 453.48 m Down

Santa M…, CA

Santa Monica Mountains NRA Hiking

  • 602 Miles 968 Kilometers of Trail
  • 39 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 72 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 124 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 30 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 187

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0.6 mi 0.9 km #1Los Liones Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Las Flores, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Las Flores, CA
3.4 mi 5.5 km #2Puerco Motorway
Intermediate
Malibu Beach, CA
Intermediate
Malibu Beach, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #3Grotto Trail
Difficult
Casa Conejo, CA
Difficult
Casa Conejo, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Hidden Valley Overlook Trail
Difficult
Casa Conejo, CA
Difficult
Casa Conejo, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Triunfo Lookout Access Trail
Intermediate
Casa Conejo, CA
Intermediate
Casa Conejo, CA
1.5 mi 2.3 km #6The Face
Intermediate/Difficult
Las Flores, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Las Flores, CA
4.5 mi 7.2 km #7Dearing Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Universal City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Universal City, CA
68.8 mi 110.7 km #8Backbone Trail
Difficult
Camarillo, CA
Difficult
Camarillo, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #9Los Liones Trail
Intermediate
Las Flores, CA
Intermediate
Las Flores, CA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #10Santa Ynez Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Topanga, CA
Intermediate
Topanga, CA

Photos of Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 193

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Sunset at the Will Rogers trailhead
Sep 23, 2015 near Santa M…, CA
Puerco Canyon Motorway looking back towards the ocean from above the switchbacks.
Nov 1, 2021 near Malibu…, CA
Balanced rock, viewable from afar as well as up close like this. Very cool landmark.
Apr 2, 2015 near Casa Co…, CA
Overlooking Lake Malibu
Feb 19, 2021 near Agoura, CA
Heading south on the Backbone Trail.
Jan 25, 2021 near Topanga, CA
Traversing the Canyon View Trail overlooking Malibu and the Pacific Ocean
Dec 5, 2016 near Malibu, CA
A gorgeous day and spectacular views make for a wonderful time on the Ray Miller / Backbone Trail!
Feb 1, 2017 near Camarillo, CA
Coastal Collisions.
Mar 31, 2020 near Casa Co…, CA