DescriptionStretching west from Griffith Park in Los Angeles past the Ventura County line, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area embraces 153,000 acres of rugged mountains, steep canyons, rolling woodlands and 50 miles of beach. Within its boundaries are 75,000 acres of city, county, state and federal parklands. Major state parks include Leo Carrillo, Malibu Creek, Point Mugu, Topanga Canyon and Will Rogers; in addition there are state and county beaches and parks from Point Mugu to Santa Monica.
Among the many scenic crest line and canyon roads within the recreation area are Decker, Encinal Canyon, Potrero and Yerba Buena roads. Tuna Canyon and Saddle Peak roads provide coastal views, while Corral Canyon Road offers a view of the interior canyons and rugged crests.
Paralleling the Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1) and the Ventura Freeway (US 101), the Mulholland Highway traverses the Santa Monica Mountains from the Hollywood Freeway (US 101) on the east to the Pacific Ocean at Leo Carrillo State Park on the west.
Note: A 10-mile section of Mulholland Highway from the San Diego Freeway (I-405) west to Topanga Canyon Boulevard is a graded dirt road that is closed to the public.
Area open daily 24 hours. The Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center, at 26876 Mulholland Hwy. in Calabasas, is open daily 9-5; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Recreation includes hiking, picnicking, bird-watching, camping, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, surfing and riding equestrian trails. Rangers conduct nature hikes and educational programs; check with the park service for schedules. Reservations are required for some activities. For information contact the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 401 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360; phone (805) 370-2301. Phone ahead to confirm all schedules.
Things to SeeCheeseboro Palo Comado Canyons