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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  • October 4, 2017
    First of all, this is L.A., not Yosemite, so keep your expectations mild. You'll get ocean views from this hike, but also lots of homes, and urban smogscapes. This trail is far gentler on the up slope...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    The enviroment changes greatly as you travel inland from the ocean. Inland can be very hot and dry. Be on the lookout for rattle snakes, and we once saw a mountain lion.  more »
  • August 28, 2017
    This hike is close to the Malibu beaches. It's about a 20 minute drive up to the trailhead on Yerba Beuno road. They say its the highest point in Los Angeles County (about 3200 feet). There is free pa...  more »

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Santa Monica's hotels range from luxury to boutique, offering more than 3,500 rooms located at or near the waterfront. Staying at a beachfront resort can cost a bundle, so if you have a limited budget in mind, consider accommodations away from the water. Hotels just a few blocks from the ocean offer comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV at a fraction of the cost charged by their beachfront equivalents. For an even more affordable stay, consider one of the city's inns or motels.
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