Hola, my name is Jazmín Ortega and I live in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although I've lived here many years, I didn't know about the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area until I hiked to Sandstone Peak about 10 years ago. All this national park land all around me and I didn't even know about it. Wouldn't it be great if more people experienced the outdoors? In 2017 I saw a post by Latino Outdoors, inviting us to hike the Backbone Trail, the premier hiking trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. I was thrilled to be selected to be part of this group that hiked eight segments of the backbone trail with park rangers and volunteers. If you're interested in hiking the Backbone Trail, I highly recommend it, but being prepared is key. That's why the National Park Service is coming out with a series of videos for folks interested in hiking a segment of the trail or all 67 miles of it from Point Mugu to Will Rogers State Historic Park. The series will cover logistical issues and what to bring, and break down the eight segments of the trail that you can follow, along with valuable insights from park rangers on natural and cultural resources along the way.
I hope you can check it out, see you on the trails.
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Ready for an adventure? As you know, some paths in life are better taken in dirt so come along with us as we hike the 67-mile-long Backbone Trail in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. Each week the video series, broken up into eight segments and hosted by longtime volunteer Ralph Waycott, will introduce you to LA’s premier hike. Share your questions, trail experiences, tips or thoughts about this video series with us by emailing email@example.com.
Last updated: January 4, 2022