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The Best Hiking in Santa Monica

Looking for the best hiking 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 hiking spots in and near Santa Monica

  • Santa Monica, California

    Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail

    3.33 mi / 20 ft gain
    Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Santa Monica, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Venice Beach

    1.6 mi / 46 ft gain
    Venice Beach is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Venice, California.
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  • 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, California

    Will Rogers Trail

    4.02 mi / 328 ft gain
    Will Rogers Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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  • 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, California

    Inspiration Loop Trail

    4.01 mi / 948 ft gain
    Inspiration Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Los Angeles, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike the Rustic Canyon Loop Trail

    4.8 mi / 1079 ft gain
    The Rustic Canyon Loop Trail features a waterfall, and the trail is open year round. Recent washouts have made the trail hard to follow in spots - if you hike the trail counter clockwise, you'll see red paint that has been used to help people stay on trail. You will cross back and forth across th...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Rivas Canyon Trail

    4.6 mi / 954 ft gain
    Rincon Beach is an out and back trail that takes you past scenic views located near Los Angeles, California
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike the Inspiration Point Loop Trail

    2.1 mi / 324 ft gain
    The Inspiration Point 2.1 mile loop hike in Will Rogers State Park is a family-friendly hike or after-work run near Los Angeles, California. It’s a great dirt trail for all skill levels and features scenic views and beautifully budding wildflowers. You’ll get to escape the city and take in the br...
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  • 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, California

    Hike the Backbone Trail via Will Rogers State Park

    5.0
    You'll make your way up Will Rogers State Park Road, located just minutes from Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Malibu, Palisades, and much of west Los Angeles. Once on the road, head all the way to the top and you'll dead end into the parking lot. Always worth supporting State Parks with the p...
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  • 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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  • Los Angeles, California

    Murphy Ranch Trail

    3.46 mi / 719 ft gain
    Murphy Ranch Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Sullivan Fire Road to Backbone Trail Loop

    16.06 mi / 3091 ft gain
    Sullivan Fire Road to Backbone Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Los Angeles, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike to Murphy's Ranch

    4.8
    4 mi / 500 ft gain
    This four mile out-and-back hike begins in the beginning of a very nice neighborhood in Santa Monica. You will be trekking on a dirt road for about 1.5 miles until you reach some stairs that will be visible on your left hand side. You will need to descend down those (what seem to be never ending)...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike the Temescal Canyon Loop

    3.8
    3.4 mi / 1100 ft gain
    There are a couple of different ways that you can hike in Temescal Canyon. Options for Hiking Temescal Canyon: The basic loop – 2.6 milesThe loop beginning from Temescal Canyon Trail at Sunset Boulevard – 3.4 milesThe loop with the Bienveneda Trail extension – 3.25 milesThe loop beginning from Te...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Temescal Canyon Trail

    2.95 mi / 778 ft gain
    Temescal Canyon Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Skull Rock Loop

    3.96 mi / 1043 ft gain
    Skull Rock Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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  • Marina del Rey, California

    Ballona Lagoon

    1.8 mi / 95 ft gain
    Such a relaxing and beautiful stroll in the Marina Del Rey/Venice area!  Park in Marina Del Rey #13 lot (4601 Vía Marina, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292). Don't forget to pay the meter! The rate as of 2021 is $0.50/15mins, or $6 for 24hrs on weekdays, and $8 for 24hrs on weekends.  Once parked, walk ...
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