Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks

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  • Imagine, deer, trees, meadows just off highway 101. I especially enjoy the Cheseboro canyon area. Walk, contemplate, visualize the oak forest, watch for deer and critters. Wonderful place. 
    Imagine, deer, trees, meadows just off highway 101. I especially enjoy the Cheseboro canyon area. Walk, contemplate, visualize the oak forest, watch for deer and critters. Wonderful place.  more »
  • Beautiful Views and wonderful Subjects to paint any time of year I often drive out into the canyons to relax and feel the peace 
    Beautiful Views and wonderful Subjects to paint any time of year I often drive out into the canyons to relax and feel the peace  more »
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  • Great area to hike since we were here in February. I am not sure when it gets really but really enjoyed our stay since we only hiked King Gillette Ranch and Malibu Creek State Park regions of this national recreation area
  • Wow, wow, wow! One of the most amazing places in California to visit. I hiked the loop trail starting from the Backbone Trail at Sandstone Peak Trailhead and linking up onto the Mishe Mokwa Trail. Along the way, I stopped at Sandstone Peak, Inspiration Point, Split Rock, Echo Cliffs, and Balanced Rock. Excellent views all along this loop. There are many different wildflowers of all sorts and a good portion of the trail is overgrown with them. The rock formations sort of resembled the rock formations at Garden of the Gods in Colorado. Please be careful driving on the narrow and sharp turn roads. Visit these mountains. You will not regret it!

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