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Santa Monica Mountains

 
Santa Monica Mountains

Page Type: Area/Bike Park

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

 

Page By: Cedar

Created/Edited: Dec 27, 2007 / Dec 27, 2007

Object ID: 265463

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Overview

 
Mountain
From the Backbone Trail.
The Santa Monica Mountains are a low range of peaks and hills rising up to an elevation of ~4k'. This seaside range is situated just west of Los Angeles and extends all the way into Ventura County near Oxnard.

CA-1 also known as Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) runs along its southern foothills and connects a number of seaside villages making the mountains easiliy accessible. These towns include Santa Monica, Malibu and Oxnard. The highway also provides an interesting view out to as far as Catalina Island.

Much of the mountains are protected the the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. This is operated by the NPS and provides access for mountain bikes to over 100 miles of trail and fire road.

Getting There

As mentioned before, the Santa Monicas are easily accessible due to the existance of CA-1. Also to the north is another highway, US-101 which begins in LA and runs all the way north to just south of Seattle, WA.

From LA

Begin in the downtown area and take US-101 north. Continue on the 101 as it veers west. Take CA-23 exit south (not the first CA-23; that's north) and continue south into the mountains.

There's also the option of taking PCH. Take I-10 westbound to Santa Monica where it terminates. Continue straight as I-10 becomes CA-1. Head stright to any one of the turn offs on the right.

Rules and Regulations

 
Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock.
Regulations on biking vary between the different land management services. These also charge fees of varying amounts for parking whiich are usually self-paid. Always check first on the area's website for updates as these are frequently changing throughout the days.

Every now and then, many of the areas will close to vehicles due to fire danger. This is to prevent an arsonist from setting a major blaze which may cause millions in damage. Usually though, foot and bike traffic are still allowed.

Links

Santa Monica Mountains NRA- NPS's site on the NRA.

Topanga SP- The state park's homepage.

Images

Backbone BridgeAfternoon DelightTemescal Ridge SunsetWildlife EncounterEagle Rock TrailMountainEagle Rock
Backbone View EastView Of Eagle RockBackbone View North