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.
Introduction to the BBT Hike
Where do you begin with a story as complex as the land network the Backbone Trail crosses? Years ago (as I've been told by those who were there) a group of docents from various agencies in the mountains decided to get together and hike the entire length of the trail. Here comes the first challenge, the trail wasn't complete (it still isn't…there are a few miles left) but that didn't stop them.
Starting in the early 90's, this crew, who knew the lay of the land, set out to hike what they could. They knew then that they had to get people involved if they ever wanted to see the Trail completed. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to see the park in ways many never had.
As the years went on and more sections of the trail became complete, the hikers who hiked those first years moved on, many of them becoming rangers or current park volunteers sharing the knowledge they gained from their experiences.
Years later for the park's 25th anniversary, it was proposed that the staff and volunteers do something to mark this monumental occasion, something that combines all areas of the park, something that showed the partnerships and networking definitive of the Santa Monica Mountains.
In 2003, twenty-four hikers completed the Backbone Trail on the NPS sponsored hike series that first year. It was so much fun that the park decided to do it again, sharing the story of the park, its lands, and its people.
This year, will mark the 9th consecutive year that we've done this. I hope you are excited as I am!
(Click here to return to the 2012 Backbone Trail Blog homepage.)
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.