Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks

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  • The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is hardly comparable to the marquee National Parks in the USA but it offers a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Southern California. We li...  more »
  • Being out of the City while in the City. Spectacular places, thing to do, and wilderness experience while barely leaving home. I can view Sandstone Peak, where I broke my leg and was helicoptered out ...  more »
  • It's nice to have such a fantastic natural space right near LA. The hiking is great, and the Native American art at the visitor center is truly wonderful.  more »
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  • One of the nicer spots if you're into nature that La provides. It has a series of hiking trails, wonderful Vistas and an extensive series of connected parts that can make for a very brisk work out over a weekend. You need to be careful about some of the Native inhabitants of the area including lions and snakes. By Lyons, I mean mountain lions. Bring some sturdy walking shoes if you choose to make a day of it. Make sure you bring plenty of fluids and some snacks But be sure to pack out anything you bring in.
  • This place is really gorgeous, you are able to walk on the rocks all the way down to the water... Be careful not to slip. The tide is very strong 💪 and it can be very dangerous. There is a convenient store right across the street, so that is helpful. But it is a little creepy that place.... Hope all this helps... 😁
  • Malibu Creek State Park is one of the largest parks within the Santa Monica mountains and offers many options for those who love the outdoors. From camping overnight for multiple days, or visiting for a family picnic. Visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horse bike riding, rock climbing or even swimming at the rock pool. There is plenty parking available in multiple lots and sufficient clean and well maintained restrooms.
  • Great hike to the top of the Santa Monica Mountains. Sandstone peak starts out in your face right out of the parking lot. The hike is a constant climb for about 2 miles with 1000ft. vertical gain You are rewarded along the way with other friendly hikers as well as beautiful views. The payoff comes at the top. Sit and enjoy. There is an easy 6 mile way up with far less vertical gain but the it's 3 times as long. Recommended
  • This place is very mediocre for the amount of money they charge. I thought it was supposed to be a fine dining and it's more like a Dennys. Our server was nice and very accommodating but it wasn't enough . The food is Not What I expected. I will not be returning. Especially if you have to pay eleven dollars for parking. No Thanks
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