Public Invited to National Trails Day

Six people carrying a tree log.
Volunteers clear the trail at a past work day in the Santa Monica Mountains.

National Park Service

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News Release Date: May 22, 2015

Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

THOUSAND OAKS, 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 6 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.

“This is one of the most popular trails in the Santa Monica Mountains," said Ryan Stead, volunteer coordinator for the National Park Service. "We'd love the public's help improving the tread, cutting back brush and generally sprucing it up." 

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 to e-mail us or 805-418-3176 by June 5. Meet at the Backbone Trailhead parking lot across from Fire Camp 13 (1250 S. Encinal Canyon Rd, Malibu). 

This event is supported by California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club. 

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  


Last updated: May 22, 2015

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