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Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Monica

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The Santa Monica Mountains is a coastal mountain range in Southern California, paralleling the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Transverse Ranges. Because of its proximity to densely populated regions, it is one of the most visited natural areas in California. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is located in this mountain range.GeographyThe range extends approximately 40mi east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County. The western mountains, separating the Conejo Valley from Malibu, suddenly end at Mugu Peak as the rugged, nearly impassible shoreline gives way to tidal lagoons and coastal sand dunes of the alluvial Oxnard Plain. The mountain range contributed to the isolation of this vast coastal plain before regular transportation routes reached western Ventura County. The eastern mountains form a barrier between the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles Basin, separating "the Valley" on the north and west-central Los Angeles on the south. The Santa Monica Mountains are parallel to Santa Susana Mountains, which are located directly north of the mountains across the San Fernando Valley.
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  • Filled with glorious walking and hiking trails, the summits will give you a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and plenty of opportunities to spot quail, deer and hawks along the way. For an accessib...  more »
  • There are wonderful views here, winding roads, fun parks 'tucked' into the mountains and walks. It really is worth driving through.  more »
  • We did this wonderful hike in the Santa Monica mountains on a hot Friday; we set off around 11 am or so and there weren't too many people on the trail. It's not a difficult hike, and took us about 3 -...  more »