Birthday in the wild

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area turns 42 years old


YELLOW STICK ROAD—A hiker enjoys one of the hundreds of miles of open trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Receation Area. Early activists fought to preserve the mountains as a national park. Courtesy of National Park Service

The Santa Monica Mountains are visible from almost anywhere in the Conejo Valley, but unless someone’s feeling the itch to go hiking, the peaks are just part of the background. That makes it easy to overlook just how significant they are.

This month marks the ...

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