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.
National Park Service Invites Public to National Trails Day June 1
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2301
MALIBU, Calif. - The National Park Service and its partners invite the public to roll up their sleeves and participate in National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be repairing a portion of the Backbone Trail east of Encinal Canyon Road.
"We'll be working to improve the tread, cut back brush and prepare the trails to properly corral and channel next winter's rains," said Mike Zenan, roads and trails work leader for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "We always appreciate the public's help maintaining our trail system."
National Trails Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in June and is the country's largest celebration of trails. The Santa Monica Mountains are home to approximately 500 miles of trails.
Volunteers should dress appropriately with work gloves, protective footwear, long sleeves and pants, and sun protection. Tools and refreshments will be provided.
Participants must be at least 8 years old and minors must be accompanied by an adult.
RSVP by email or by calling 805-370-2383.
This event is supported by California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club.
DIRECTIONS: Take the 101 Freeway to Kanan Road. Exit Kanan Road south and proceed about 6.2 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn right on Mulholland Hwy and curve left onto Encinal Canyon road at the Mulholland and Encinal Canyon intersection. Trailhead is about 2.4 miles down Encinal Canyon road across from Fire Camp 13.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park System, it comprises a seamless network of local, state, and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.
Did You Know?
A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.