Guided Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains

Los Angeles | California
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Top three reasons to go hiking in Santa Monica Mountains

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    Nature haven minutes from Los Angeles

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    Most spectacular ocean views in the LA County

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    500 miles of trails offer an ultimate escape from urban life

Swap LA’s urban jungle for ecosystems of the Santa Monica Mountains. Just an hour from the city center, the area is a haven hiding in plain sight for hikers and city dwellers. Here you’ll find misty coastlines dotted with wildflowers, as well as forests of oak and sycamore interspersed with creeks and waterfalls. You can summit peaks with dramatic 360-degree views of the ocean, traverse remote canyons and grasslands, or even take a dip at Malibu’s Point Dume. Discover the best locations with the help of your guide and enjoy a custom day of hiking tailored to your desires.

Season

Year-round

Nearest city

Los Angeles, California is an hour away

Duration

1 Day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your day

Half-Day Hiking Adventure with a Private Guide

Half-day

Spend 4 to 5 hours exploring the Santa Monica Mountains with a private guide! The tour is completely custom which means that it is tailored to you. Communicate what interests you the most about the area, along with your hiking objectives and abilities. Based on that, your guide will create a curated itinerary, while making sure that the tour hits the highlights of the area—dramatic coastal landscapes, lush flora, and scenic trails.

Full-Day Hiking Adventure with a Private Guide

Full-day

A full-day custom adventure with more time to explore this impressive coastal mountain range Over 7 to 9 hours, you can embark on longer trails and see more points of interest to make the most of your escape from the hustle and bustle. Apart from the duration, the full-day tour also includes lunch.

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Covid measures in California

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Santa Monica Mountains, CA, please refer to the California State website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
    • Snacks and lunch (only for the full-day hiking adventure)

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to the trailhead

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for a few hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full-day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For these private tours, the maximum client to guide ratio is 6:1.
    • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!

Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Santa Monica Mountains, most people fly into Los Angeles International Airport, which is about an hour away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, very often at the Zuma Canyon. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group prior to the adventure.

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