• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Backbone Trail from Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park to Will Rogers State Historic Park

  • Mileage: 11.5 miles
  • Agencies: Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • Flora: Chaparral, Streamside, Meadow, Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub. You traverse them all in this lengthy hike.
  • Human history: From Native Americans (Topanga - where the mountains run down to the sea) to vacation homes (Oscar Trippet, Will Rogers). Oscar Trippet was an early 20th century circuit court judge who had a ranch at what is now Topanga State Park. Early movie hero and humorist, Will Rogers had his family home here. Mr. Rogers enjoyed living at his ranch and playing polo. A tragic airplane accident cut short his life. His restored family home is now a State Historic Park open for tours. Some days you can see polo matches played on the polo fields.
  • Cautions: This is a long hike with no easy road access. Again good maps, GPS units, hiking poles and hiking with someone are recommended.
 

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.