The unique Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the United States with oceans vistas, rock formations, canyons, and mountain summits. The Mediterranean climate ecosystem protects over 1,000 plant species and inhabits numerous mammals, 400 species of birds, and 35 reptiles and amphibians. Hike to the Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the designated area. Don't worry, with 500-plus miles of hiking trails, you have plenty to choose from to stretch your legs in the hills or rest them by spending a day on the beaches.
Located roughly 20 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area welcomes hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, climbers, and campers. Plan your trip ahead of time and try to visit during the week to avoid the weekend crowds.