Key Section Added to Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail

Sunday, September 25 2011 15:26   Trails
One of three critical remaining pieces of land necessary to complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been acquired by the National Park Service.

The five-acre property, acquired in September 2011, is along the Etz Meloy Motorway, and is close to a popular lookout that offers a 360-degree view of the ocean, mountains and inland valleys accessible from the Encinal Canyon Trailhead.
backbonetrailacquisition"We are so close to completion," said Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Superintendent Woody Smeck. "Through the relentless efforts of the Los Angeles community and the tireless support of our elected officials, we have slowly but surely pieced together one of the most significant and treasured trails in Southern California."

The Southern California trail stretches from Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles all the way to Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County.

The creation of the Backbone Trail has been a 25-year endeavor, involving the tireless work of citizen trail building groups like the Sierra Club, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council, elected officials, and the National Park Service, California State Parks, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

When completed, hikers will be able to walk the entire length without encountering private property gaps. Many sections of the trail are also open to mountain bikers and equestrians.

Comprising more than 150,000 acres, five different area codes, and 26 different zip codes, including the famous 90210, the Santa Monica Mountains is close to a population of approximately 17 million persons.

On Nov. 10, 1978, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was authorized as the 295th unit of the National Park System as part of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978.

For more information, visit the recreation area's Web site at .


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