• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Come take a visual hike through the Backbone Trail

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Date: August 5, 2009
Contact: Visitor Center, 805-370-2301

On Saturday, August 15, from 2-3:30 PM, come to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center and experience the 62 mile long Backbone Trail without the summer heat. Photographer Jim Belsley will take you on a virtual hike through his photos and maps.  If you are curious as to what the trail’s all about, or if you’ve thought about hiking the trail on your own but aren’t sure how to get started, come and get the latest information. 

 

The National Park Service and the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council sponsor an annual series of day hikes on the Backbone Trail.  Jim accompanied the hikers in the 2009 series as group photographer and will show his photos at this lecture program. Jim is a volunteer photographer for the National Park Service. Some of his photos are in the current Santa Monica Mountains Guidebook, published by Western National Parks Association. He’ll be assisted by experienced Backbone Trail hike leaders who were part of this year’s hike series.

 

Directions to the event:

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center - is located at 401 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Take the Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd. Exit north on Lynn Rd. Turn east (right) onto Hillcrest Drive, then left on McCloud Ave. Turn into first driveway on your right and follow the road up the hill to the parking area. Walk down the stairs or take the elevator to the Visitor Center. Signs will direct you to the lecture room. Parking is free.  Stop by the Visitor Center bookstore after the program to take advantage of the special 20% off weekend sale on Aug. 15 and 16.

Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.