The Backbone is back

Iconic trail fully open following fire

ON TRACK—Hikers tackle the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. All sections have reopened. Courtesy of Dave Edwards

Eight months after the largest fire to ever hit Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, all 67 miles of the park’s most famous trail have reopened to the public. The final six miles of the Backbone Trail that had remained closed since the November 2018 fire reopened on July 18.

The Woolsey fire hit the section of the trail that runs from the Kanan Road trai...

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