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The Best Camping in Santa Monica

Looking for the best camping 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 camping 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

    Topanga Canyon Loop

    10.35 mi / 1549 ft gain
    Topanga Canyon Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Topanga, California.
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  • Agoura Hills, California

    Camp at Malibu Creek State Park

    5.0
    Malibu Creek State Park boasts over 8,000 acres of oak woodlands, grassy hills, dramatic peaks and serene meadows. It's an outdoor lover's paradise and only a short drive north from most of Los Angeles. Before it was a park, the land was owned by 20th Century Fox Studios and used in productions...
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  • Agoura Hills, California

    Rock Climbing in Malibu Creek

    A great day trip! Referred to by many as the "Yosemite of Southern California," Malibu Creek offers a huge selection of bolted sport routes on generously pocketed volcanic rock. This is the perfect place to bring a first time climber or even your most seasoned climbing buddies. Routes range from ...
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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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  • La Cañada Flintridge, California

    Angeles Crest Scenic Byway: La Canada to Mountain Top Junction

    7.2 mi / 797 ft gain
    Angeles Crest Scenic Byway: La Canada to Mountain Top Junction is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near La Canada Flintridge, 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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  • Altadena, California

    Dawn Mine and Sunset Trail Loop

    5.52 mi / 2087 ft gain
    Dawn Mine and Sunset Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Altadena, 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

    Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

    5.55 mi / 1493 ft gain
    Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers 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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  • Malibu, California

    Camping at Leo Carillo

    4.5
    Leo Carrillo State Park has 1.5 miles of two sandy beach areas, tide pools, and numerous coves and sea caves. This year-round paradise offers privacy and ocean access for anglers, divers, surfers, wildlife watchers, beachcombers, and campers. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park a...
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  • 12869 Yerba Buena Road, California

    Mishe Mokwa to Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak

    7.06 mi / 1755 ft gain
    Mishe Mokwa to Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak s a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Malibu, California.
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