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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Owner description: The world’s largest urban national park, extending more than 45 miles from the Hollywood Bow to Ventura, features a rich variety of plants and wildlife.
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30 reviews
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“Great hiking...”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

There are a few agencies that come together and preserve a vast amount of land in these mountains. The National Park visitor center is a great resource for hiking, etc. We stopped there and the ranger was extremely helpful. We did some hikes while there last year and a few more this year. The mountains are great and the overall area is so relaxing and close to the beahpch or valley.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank springerandy
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Ventura County Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“amazing veiws”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

me and my friend are constantly hiking running or biking in the Santa Monica mountains and love it weather you want a pro level bike ride or a ten minute jog you can do it all in the Santa Monica mountains. If you want shade there is shade in the valley or sun up on top. Its not very popular so there aren't many people if you like serenity but enough that if you get hurt on the trails you will be found.

Visited January 2014
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Thousand Oaks, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Mountain Hikes”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

You can hike continuously from La Jolla Meadows above the NAS firing range to Hollywood. Abundant flora and fauna including coyotes, mule deer, mountain lions, chaparral and riparian plants. Escondido Falls, Mt. Boney, Danielson settlers cabin and ranch, Chumash museum, up to 3,333 feet.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Richard B
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Maplewood, Minnesota
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Quiet retreat and lucky timing”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

You wouldn't know that you're next to the LA metro area when you come into these mountains. We came on Christmas Day and King Gillette visitor center was closed. That meant a drive to the nearest McD's for restroom facilities. So, remember to call ahead if you're planning to visit on a major holiday, just in case. It's open most holidays but better be safe.

Even though I didn't visit even half the area, I'm giving it a top rating because I happen to be in Paramount Ranch right when a Ranger was patrolling. Though he didn't have to, he gave all of us who were there a tour of the place, explaining the history and landscape. And he did it better than any of the talking heads that nearby Hollywood can roll out. If you happen to meet a Ranger named Todd Young (or something like that) during your visit, you're in luck. I also met a spritely 90 year old lady who grew up in the area. As a teen, she met Clark Gable weekly and attended high school with Jane Russell. Timing is everything.

Climbing the fire road at Liberty Canyon, I got a good view of some of the mountain range and the tranquility belies it's proximity to urban SoCal. And I didn't have to pay admission.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Jim O
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“VIsitors Center”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

The Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center is fabulous.It is located just off o Las Virgines Road on Mulholland Hwy. It gives an great overview of the recreational area and is a good place to get information on the wide variety of places to visit! The displays are well done and the the staff is helpful.

Visited August 2013
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