• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Northeastern Park Sites

A map of park sites found in the northeastern area of the range based on access to major roadways. Sites in the yellow box are listed below.
A map of park sites found in the northeastern area of the range based on access to major roadways. Sites in the yellow box are listed below.
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Valley and fields with trees or views of nearby cities can all be experienced in this are of the mountains.

Cities and Towns Closest to this Area of the Mountains

Beverly Hills, Burbank, Cal State Northridge, Chatsworth, Calabasas, Encino, Glendale, Hollywood, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Northridge, Pasadena, Tarzana, UCLA, Van Nuys, West Hills, Westwood, Woodland Hills

Park Sites Found in this Area

Franklin Canyon Park
Griffith Park
Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park
Runyon Canyon Park
San Vicente Mountain Park
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (formerly Ahmanson Ranch)

Also found in this area is the Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch.

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.