More than 500 miles of public trails crisscross the Santa Monica Mountains, offering a lifetime of exploration. We’ve got short, flat loops for first timers and rugged, steep climbs that lead to 360-degree views of the mountain range and Pacific Ocean. Many of our trailheads are a short drive from the 101 or Pacific Coast Highway, providing an easy escape from the urban jungle to natural wild places.
Note that trail regulations often vary depending on land jurisdiction, so always plan ahead to see if you can bring fido or if there is an entrance fee. Our Places to Go section offers detailed information about each site and their trails.
Here are some of our favorite hikes to get you started: