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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Backbone Trail from Ray Miller Trail to Danielson Ranch

  • Mileage: 8.1
  • Agency: Pt. Mugu State Park.
  • Flora: Coastal Sage Scrub, Sycamore Savannah, Oak Woodlands. The dry coastal Sage Scrub community is perfectly adapted for its ocean influenced landscape. This community receives very little rainfall, so oils in the leaves help to retain moisture. It is these oils that make the community so fragrant. Other moisture savers are grayish colors, small leaf sizes, smaller shrubs (you can walk between them), light colors on backs of leaves. Characteristic plants for the coastal Sage Scrub community are sages, buckwheats, sagebrush, and laurel sumac. The shaded canyon and valley floors benefits from seasonal streams and fog. Characteristic plants there will be Sycamore trees and Oaks.
  • History: Ray Miller was the long time campground host at La Jolla Canyon parking area, and the trail was named in memory of him.
  • Caution: If you are not hiking straight through, you will need to plan time for hiking back out from Danielson Ranch.
 

Did You Know?

Franklin Canyon is a great place for natural and city views.

At the geographical center of Los Angeles is a national park site. At Franklin Canyon Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, you can see cityscapes and natural views. The recreation area extendes in an east-west direction running through the heart of the city.