• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Backbone Trail Ranger's Blog

Connecting our parks together along the crest of the mountains

Hikers start out on the first leg of the Backbone Trail in Pt. Mugu State Park.

Photo by Jim Belsley

About This Blog

A group of over 30 dedicated hikers have set their sights on completing the Backbone Trail this winter. We will be hiking every 2nd and 4th Saturday from January through April - for 8 total day hikes until they complete all 69 miles of the trail!

We'll be exploring the park along the Backbone Trail, or BBT as it is affectionately called, a network of trails made up of federal, state, and other local parklands.

Visit the Backbone Trail Homepage and learn about the history of the BBT and how through partnerships we can connect our parks together along the crest of the mountains.

Follow their progress on the Backbone Trail Ranger's Blog by clicking the story links below.

Maybe next year this could be you!

Did You Know?

Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash played an important role in making sure 85 acres remained open space.

On June 13, 1980, Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash and concerned citizens fulfilled a dream-- a place for families to explore our natural world and learn about the Chumash. Satwiwa in Newbury Park, CA celebrates the beauty of the mountains and all Native American cultures.