Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks

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  • Imagine, deer, trees, meadows just off highway 101. I especially enjoy the Cheseboro canyon area. Walk, contemplate, visualize the oak forest, watch for deer and critters. Wonderful place. 
    Imagine, deer, trees, meadows just off highway 101. I especially enjoy the Cheseboro canyon area. Walk, contemplate, visualize the oak forest, watch for deer and critters. Wonderful place.  more »
  • Beautiful Views and wonderful Subjects to paint any time of year I often drive out into the canyons to relax and feel the peace 
    Beautiful Views and wonderful Subjects to paint any time of year I often drive out into the canyons to relax and feel the peace  more »
  • We werent' planning on stopping by but had some extra time. Went right to the Visitors Center and it was done well. Kids would like it and had junior ranger program. Ranger there was very helpful.....  more
    We werent' planning on stopping by but had some extra time. Went right to the Visitors Center and it was done well. Kids would like it and had junior ranger program. Ranger there was very helpful.....  more »
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  • Great area to hike since we were here in February. I am not sure when it gets really but really enjoyed our stay since we only hiked King Gillette Ranch and Malibu Creek State Park regions of this national recreation area
  • Wow, wow, wow! One of the most amazing places in California to visit. I hiked the loop trail starting from the Backbone Trail at Sandstone Peak Trailhead and linking up onto the Mishe Mokwa Trail. Along the way, I stopped at Sandstone Peak, Inspiration Point, Split Rock, Echo Cliffs, and Balanced Rock. Excellent views all along this loop. There are many different wildflowers of all sorts and a good portion of the trail is overgrown with them. The rock formations sort of resembled the rock formations at Garden of the Gods in Colorado. Please be careful driving on the narrow and sharp turn roads. Visit these mountains. You will not regret it!
  • Away from the bustle of Los Angeles is this amazing recreation area, with all kinds of trails for any type of level for all. Wildlife, epic views, wildflowers, and Mulholland Drive are all within reach.
  • It's the best. So close to the city, and so much to explore. Endless roads to see by bike, and trails to walk, and never far from the beach to end any adventure.
  • In stark contrast to the sprawling urban and suburban landscapes of nearby LA, the Santa Monica Mountains are a gorgeous range of dramatic rocky mountains with plenty of sites, parks, quirky small towns and trails hidden in its canyons. If you’re at least heading to Malibu for the beaches, it’s worth at least driving through here

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