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The Best Backpacking in Santa Monica

Looking for the best backpacking in Santa Monica? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Santa Monica. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Santa Monica

  • Los Angeles, California

    Backbone Trail from Will Rogers to Stunt Road

    16.53 mi / 4137 ft gain
    Backbone Trail from Will Rogers to Stunt Road is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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  • Topanga, California

    Hike Calabasas Peak Motorway

    7.3 mi / 1817 ft gain
    Getting There You can, from Los Angeles, go one of three ways: take I-405 to US-101 and head west, or from downtown, take US-101 the whole way, OR, get on I-10 from the Westside or east of there and take that until it becomes PCH, then take that to Topanga Canyon (turn left onto Old Topanga Canyo...
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  • Malibu, California

    Backbone Trail: Newton Canyon to Triunfo Pass

    14.96 mi / 2861 ft gain
    Backbone Trail: Newton Canyon to Triunfo Pass is a point-to-point trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Malibu, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall

    8.52 mi / 709 ft gain
    Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near La Canada Flintridge, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Arroyo Seco Trail

    20 mi / 3750 ft gain
    Arroyo Seco Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Altadena, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Mueller Tunnel via Loma Alta Trailhead

    15.64 mi / 4938 ft gain
    Mueller Tunnel via Loma Alta Trailhead is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Altadena, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Trail Canyon Falls

    4.63 mi / 935 ft gain
    Trail Canyon Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Sunland, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Condor Peak Via Trail Canyon

    15.57 mi / 4400 ft gain
    Condor Peak Via Trail Canyon is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Sunland-Tujunga, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Hike to Trail Canyon Falls

    4.0
    4 mi / 800 ft gain
    To get to the trail, take Big Tujunga Canyon Road until you see signs for Trail Canyon Road. The entry point is easy to miss, but keep an eye out for a stop sign and cars parked at the bottom of a dirt path. Drive up the dirt path for direct parking at the trailhead (4x4 is definitely recommended...
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  • Altadena, California

    Cobb Estate to Switzer Station via Lower San Merrill Trail

    10.29 mi / 3698 ft gain
    Cobb Estate to Switzer Station via Lower San Merrill Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Altadena, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Idlehour Trail via Mount Wilson Trail

    18.48 mi / 5312 ft gain
    Idlehour Trail via Mount Wilson Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Altadena, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Henninger Flats Trail

    5.52 mi / 1434 ft gain
    Henninger Flats Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pasadena, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Eaton Canyon to Idlehour

    4.2
    10.99 mi / 3291 ft gain
    Idlehour is nestled deep in the Angeles National Forest, so it feels like you're in the heart of some untapped wilderness instead of six miles away from a bustling metropolis. The trail camp is accessible by foot through a variety of locations, but the most popular route is through Eaton Canyon, ...
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  • Westlake Village, California

    Backbone Trail: Mishe Mokwa to Ray Miller

    16.46 mi / 2323 ft gain
    Backbone Trail: Mishe Mokwa to Ray Miller is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Newbury Park, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Backpack Bear Canyon

    6.8 mi / 689 ft gain
    Parking: Parking is available at the Switzer Falls Picnic Area, or in the two overflow lots on the hill. You will need an Adventure Pass to leave your car parked here. Make sure to follow posted signs - there are some parking spots that do not allow overnight parking. Amenities: Bear Canyon has ...
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  • Sierra Madre, California

    Manzanita Ridge via Mt. Wilson Trail

    9.53 mi / 3796 ft gain
    Manzanita Ridge via Mt. Wilson Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Sierra Madre, California.
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