2013 Fire Restirctions
Due to high fire danger, fire and smoking restrictions are now in effect on all National Park Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For details, please download the public notice or call 805-370-2301. More »
Update on Park Closures
All NPS trails are open at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa! Currently, this park site is only open sunrise to sunset.
Hike #8 - Happy Trails To You
Unfortunately I wasn't able to participate in the last hike due to school commitments. Nevertheless, I have completed the seven hikes covering 58.5 miles of the Backbone Trail. I have achieved my goal and now can identify a total of twenty-two new different plants/flowers. From the twenty-two my favorites were: Bigberry Manzanita, California Peony, Shooting Stars, and Chinese Houses.
In addition, I was also able to develop a stronger sense of appreciation not only for the plants and flowers, I was also able to appreciate the dedicated volunteers we have that coordinate this program annually. They did a tremendous job in providing such a great service to our group.
As a first time hiker of the Backbone Trail I was reminded of the many wonders within our recreation area. I would like to think the rest of the group would agree with me as well. Speaking of the group, I was able to meet and befriend some amazingly nice people! I hope to keep in touch with many of them in the future. Few of the members from the group would like to share their thoughts and their experience trekking through the Backbone Trail.
"NPS BBT 2013 rocked! A freezing January start, quickly warmed with every mile walked, each interpretation shared, and every new friendship made. Thank you, volunteers. With the backdrop of the beautiful BBT wildflowers, your individual expertise completed a perfect adventure every outing. Hope to see you again on the trails!" -Lisa M.
"Our local mountains: Ahhh! We are so fortunate! A treasure beyond measure. Hiking the length of the Backbone Trail: A journey of discovery and wonder at the variety of beauty! The Volunteers and Staff that have guided and educated us: Knowledgeable and supportive guides!" -Hanna C.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed hiking the Backbone Trail with the National Park Service. The devoted volunteers have shared a wealth of information. I feel very fortunate to have this resource available." -Beth M. e
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Did You Know?
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.