Tag: Santa Monica Mountains

West Mulholland Trails

Location: At the western end of the dirt section of Mulholland Drive, western San Fernando Valley. From the west, take Highway 101 to the Valley Circle/Mulholland exit (29). Turn left onto Calabasas Road and make a quick right onto Mulholland. Go 2.7 miles to Canoga Avenue, make a quick right and an immediate left onto…

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Stunt High Trail

Stunt High Trail Location: Eastern Santa Monica Mountains. From the Thousand Oaks area, take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills exit (33). Turn right and follow Lost Hills 1.1 miles to Las Virgenes. Turn right and follow Las Virgenes 1.6 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn left and go 4 miles to Stunt Road. Turn…

Stunt High Trail, Malibu, CA

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Trancas Canyon Edison Road

Trancas Canyon Edison Road Location: Northwestern Santa Monica Mountains, south of Agoura Hills and north of Malibu. From Highway 101, take the Kanan Road exit and head south for 6.1 miles. Turn right onto Mulholland Highway and go 0.9 miles to a fork with Encinal Canyon Road. Continue onto Encinal Canyon Road. Trancas Canyon Road…

Trancas Canyon, Malibu, CA

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Nicholas Flat Trail

Nicholas Flat Trail Location: Leo Carillo State Park, 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.  From the end of I-10 in Santa Monica, take Pacific Coast Highway northwest for 27.3 miles. The park will be on the right, shortly past the intersection with Decker Road (Highway 23) and before Mulholland. From the Valley, take Highway 101 to…

View from the Nicholas Flat Trail, Malibu, CA

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King Gillette Ranch

King Gillette Ranch Location: Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Creek State Park. From Highway 101, use the Lost Hills Road (exit 33). Head south (turn right if you’re coming from the west; left if from the east) and follow Lost Hills 1.1 miles to Las Virgenes. Turn right and follow Las Virgenes 1.6 miles to…

Valley Oak at King Gillette Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains, CA

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Chumash Indian Trail (Zuma Canyon)

Chumash Indian Trail (Zuma Canyon) Location: Malibu. From Pacific Coast Highway (20 miles northwest of Santa Monica; 25 miles southeast of Oxnard) head north on Busch Drive. Follow it 1.4 miles to its ending at the signed Zuma Ridge Trailhead. Agency: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation gain: 1,050 feet Difficulty…

Zuma Canyon, Malibu, CA

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Upper Zuma Ridge Motorway (Encinal Canyon Road to Buzzard’s Roost Ranch)

Upper Zuma Ridge Motorway (Encinal Canyon Road to Buzzard’s Roost Ranch) Location: Northwestern Santa Monica Mountains, south of Agoura Hills and north of Malibu. From Highway 101, take the Kanan Road exit and head south for 6.1 miles. Turn right onto Mulholland Highway and go 0.9 miles to a fork with Encinal Canyon Road. Continue…

View from above the Zuma Ridge Motorway, Santa Monica Mountains, CA

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Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir

Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir Location: Hollywood Hills.  From the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 freeway to Coldwater Canyon.  Head south on Coldwater for 2.5 miles and take a hard right on Franklin Canyon Drive.  Drive 0.7 miles into the park and take a left into the parking lot for the William O. Douglas Outdoor…

View of Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir, Hollywood Hills

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Summit to Summit Motorway

Summit to Summit Motorway Location: Top of Topanga Overlook, Topanga Canyon.  From Highway 101, take Topanga Canyon Blvd/Highway 27 south for 3.3 miles to the turnout (on the left) for the Top of Topanga Overlook.  Carefully make a U-turn and pull into the lot.  From Pacific Coast Highway, take Topanga Canyon Blvd/Highway 27 north for…

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