Hike the Santa Monica Mountains

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by John McKinney, 2019. Paperback, 144 pages.

From Topanga to Malibu to Point Mugu, local author John McKinney shares his favorite tales along with the best trails in the parks, preserves, and special places of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. At 157,700 acres, it's the largest urban national park in the country.

  • 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.