Above Photo from Malibu Creek State Park
The Santa Monica Mountains are a coastal mountain range which starts from Griffith Park in Hollywood and stretches all the way to Point Mugu at the start of the Ventura County. This mountain range is one of the most visited recreational places in southern California due to it’s close proximity to the people of Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Mountains hold a series of seasonal waterfalls, amazing locations for rock climbing, and plentiful views among this beautiful range.
Hikes we’ve covered from this range:
First Inhabitants of the Santa Monicas:
Before the settlement of westerners in the new world and of the current Los Angeles area, the Santa Monica Mountains were once the lively place of Native American cultures. These were tribes like the Chumash, Satwiwa, and the Togva.
In the Malibu Creek State Park area, the first inhabitants of the area were the Chumash peoples. According to Malibucreekstatepark.org/history: “Many of the hiking trails in Malibu Creek State Park were originally footpaths that the Chumash would use to travel from village to village and from inland areas to the sea.”
Near Point Mugu on the west end of the mountain range was the main territory of the Satwiwa natives. In the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center near Point Mugu is a place where much of the culture can be viewed.