HIKE the Santa Monica Mountains


Best Day Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

“When John McKinney says, ‘Take a hike!’ you know it will be a good one.”
-Larry Mantle, host of AirTalk, KPCC

  • Easy-to-use guide to the best hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. Complete with colorful stories, trusted trail accounts, clear maps and directions.
  • Hikes feature waterfalls, wildflowers, breathtaking views, and more.

Hike through the splendid scenery that’s been in more movies and TV shows than any other location on earth. This new guide details the very best trails in the mountains: Topanga, Malibu Creek, and Point Mugu state parks, Inspiration Point, Sandstone Peak, the M*A*S*H site, and so much more. New and classic hikes, with updates on the trails recovering from fires. Choose an easy nature walk, moderate hike or an all-day adventure along the majestic Backbone Trail. Every Trail Tells a Story. Hike On!

Companion guides include HIKE the San Gabriel Mountains, HIKE Griffith Park and the Hollywood Hills and HIKE Southern California.