Santa Monica Beach Path

Santa Monica State Beach, California

Elevation Gain54ft
Trailhead Elevation11ft
Elevation Min/Max9/20ft
Elevation Start/End11/11ft

Santa Monica Beach Path

Santa Monica Beach Path is a hiking and biking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Santa Monica State Beach. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 11 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 54 feet. The Bike Racks bicycle parking, the Route 66 End of the Trail artwork, Carousel Park (elevation 16 feet) and another attraction, and the Starline Tours information are near the trailhead. There is also a parking. Beach Parking, Annenberg Beach House Parking, and other parkings, the Bike Racks bicycle parking, the Palisades Beach (elevation 10 feet) beach, and the Annenberg Community Pool swimming pool can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Beach Path.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: South Bay L.A. (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel
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"Take a walk along the lovely Santa Monica Pier, then turn onto the walking and bike path that stretches from Pacific Palisades in the north to Marina del Rey in the south. Enjoy the surprisingly serene atmosphere." Read more
Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Santa Monica Pier sits beneath sandstone bluffs at the foot of Colorado Avenue in downtown Santa Monica. The landmark pier dates back to the early 1900s as a privately owned amusement center. It is still an amusement park, with an historic turn-of-the-century carousel, a ferris wheel, arcades, souvenir shops, food vendors, and pier fishing. Stairways from the north, south, and east sides of the pier descend onto Santa Monica State Beach. The state beach is a broad stretch of white sand stretching 3 miles from Chautauqua Boulevard to Venice Beach. Along the backside of the beach are a bicycle trail and a walking path. The South Bay Bicycle Trail extends over 20 miles, from Will Rogers State Beach south to Redondo Beach at the base of Palos Verdes." Read more
Bicycling Los Angeles County (Menasha Ridge Press)
Patrick Brady
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"The Santa Monica Beach Bike Path extends from Will Rogers State Beach, at its northern terminus, south through Venice and Marina Del Rey to the bridge that crosses Ballona Creek. Along the way, you can see professional and aspiring volleyball players competing, body builders lifting at Muscle Beach, drum circles in Venice, sunbathers galore, and, if you’re out early enough, the crew teams from University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California out rowing on Ballona Creek. Road surface: Good, except for the asphalt in Marina Del Rey. Road traffic: Very light. Exposure: Mornings can be overcast. Scenery: Beach, ocean, an enormous marina full of boats, and the crowd at Venice Beach." Read more

Santa Monica Beach Path Reviews

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I live less than a mile from this path and use it all the time to run in the mornings. The views of the Santa Monica mountains, Catalina Island and the ocean are incredible after a good rain. The people watching is top notch. There's a good chance you'll see dolphins heading up or down the coast on a flat (ocean swell) morning. If you go by the Venice pier, don't miss the chance to walk out to the end and look back at the city. You'll never forget that view. :-)

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Trail Information

Santa Monica State Beach
Nearby City
Santa Monica State Beach
Additional Use
Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica State Beach, Dockwieler State Beach.
Local Contacts
USGS Beverly Hills
Local Maps

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Dec 2018