The Best Day Hikes in America: Sandstone Peak

Pt. Mugu State Park, Southern California
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This 3,111-foot high point of the Santa Monica Mountains is a Los Angeles classic for a reason. The moderate challenge of bagging the peak entertains beginners and experts alike, and the views—sandstone gorges, snow-capped San Gorgonio peaks, and the teal Pacific—are quintessential SoCal. Ditch the crowds on the direct out-and-back to the top by opting for the Mishe Mokwa Loop and its fun, class 2 summit scramble. Hike out on the Backbone Trail, then hit Zuma Beach to watch the sun sink into the sea while indulging in a happy-hour cocktail at the aptly named Sunset Restaurant.

Distance 6.1 miles (loop) Trailhead 34.109339, -118.933418 Drive time 1:19 from L.A. Season Year-round Contact