Santa Monica mountains in the Transverse Ranges is the largest urban mountain range in the U.S.
California Transverse Ranges Mountains
Tranverse Ranges are mountains in Southern California
with east-west trending. Separated from the rest of
the state by the Transverse Ranges, including the Tehachapi, which separate the Central Valley from the Mojave Desert,
the Southern California mountains are often gentle and less
prominent in the landscape, but sometimes can appear quite
dynamic in places such as the San Bernardino mountains with
the 11,499 foot-tall San Gorgonio peak. In the winter when
it snows in the Southern California mountains at higher
elevations, millions of beach residents are shocked to see
the mountains that often are not visible, suddenly appear
crested in white snow. Big
Bear Lake is one such place that beckons people to go
skiing, play hooky, or book a White Christmas in a cozy
Urban Southern California intersperses the valleys between the Santa Susana Mountains,
Santa Monica Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains, which range from the Pacific Coast, eastward over 100 miles, to the San Bernardino Mountains, north of San Bernardino.
The highest point of the range is Mount San Gorgonio at 11,499 feet.
The San Gabriel Mountains have Mount Wilson observatory.
The Transverse Ranges include a series of eastwest trending mountain ranges that extend from Point Conception at the western tip of Santa Barbara County, eastward (and a bit south) to the east end of the San Jacinto Mountains in western Riverside County.
The Santa Ynez Mountains make up the westernmost ranges, extending from Point Conception to the Ventura River just west-northwest of Ojai, in Ventura County. Pine Mountain Ridge, Nordhoff RidgeTopatopa Mountains, Rincon PeakRed Mountain, Sulphur Mountain, Santa Paula Ridge, South MountainOat MountainSanta Susana Mountains, Simi Hills, Conejo MountainsSanta Monica Mountains are all part of the Western Transverse Ranges, in Ventura and western Los Angeles Counties.
The Liebre Mountains occupy the northwest corner of Los Angeles County, an
extension of San Gabriel Mountains on the Pacific Plate side of the San Andreas
Fault. The fault divides the San Gabriel Mountains from the
San Bernardino Mountains further to the east in San