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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Backbone Trail
You will see how many public and private agencies, organizations and individuals have joined together to create Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in general and the Backbone Trail which has been designated as a National Recreation Trail.
As individuals you can help support the park in many ways. You can share your knowledge by telling others about the parks and events. You can increase your knowledge by attending programs and lectures listed in our calendar. You can contribute your time by becoming a State or National Park Service volunteer. You can help maintain the Backbone Trail and other trails by volunteering for trail projects with various partner organizations.
As hikers on this trail you will enjoy the Mediterranean ecosystem, found only in five places in the world, experiencing its many unique plant and animal communities. By being able to escape from city life, you enjoy the health benefits of hiking and learning a lot about our own unique area. You will also learn some history of the area through the trail as you travel through Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral, Oak Woodlands, Meadows, and Streamside areas.
If you have read through the Backbone Trail (BBT) information and still have questions, contact us.
Last updated: January 4, 2022