1. Protect public trail access easements and connections through partnerships.
2. Promote the establishment of trail camps in the Santa Monica Mountains.
3. Increase public awareness of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains.
4. Support and encourage consistent and comprehensive trail signage.
5. Maintain trails in the Santa Monica Mountains through partnerships with land agencies, local government, businesses and the community.
6. Educate trail users on issues that affect access to local trails and the proper land use.
CORBA has posted that a private property owner at the west end of Etz Meloy Motorway (a section of the Backbone Trail) at Yerba Buena Road has erected a new gate to deter the public from using the route. NPS has indicated that they expect this to be re-opened by the end of next year. A new alignment needs to be surveyed and built.
Trail News - Pt Mugu State Park is now open! Most trails suffered some damage but are passable. However, La Jolla Canyon trail remains closed. Upper Sycamore Trail (half a mile from bridge) is severely damaged and may be impassable for some time. Danielson Road (waterfall trail) and Upper Sycamore Trails are now hazardous for horses and should be avoided by equestrians until further notice. The Trails Council performed restoration work on the trails throughout the park. Check our Trail Work page if you want to help rebuild the trails in this area. Photos from Dave Edwards showing the extent of damage. Other trail news... Trail Etiquette, notes from our last trail work outings, trail closures and so on.
Trail Crew Accomplishments In May 2013, the Springs Fire swept through Point Mugu State Park, leaving charred and denuded hillsides and canyons. Damage to the trail system in the park was widespread and devastating. In response to a call for aid from the State Park officials, the Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council volunteer trail crew, joined state parks personnel in a rapid response effort to repair the trails. The two trail crews spent several days addressing the fire damage. They cleared debris consisting of burnt wood, dirt and rock from the trails. Several downed trees were removed. About the only thing good about our ongoing drought, is that in the following months, light rains resulted in very little additional damage to the trails. In December 2014, the “other shoe” dropped. On the night of December 12th, a short but extremely intense rainstorm swept through the park and surrounding communities. The resulting damage was immediate and severe. Damage to roads and trails in the park and surrounding areas was so extensive the park was closed for over a month and the Pacific Coast Highway, which provides the primary western access to the park was closed for two months. In response to a request for assistance the Trails Council organized and provided labor equivalent to 200 volunteer days and over 1,200 volunteer hours.
Trail maintenance is a vital part of preserving the trails and keeping them safe for trail users. Without regular maintenance, the trails would become overgrown or washed out, limiting their use and compromising the safety of trail users. Continue Reading...
Sharon Simmonds has been selected as the 2014 Hank Grateful Volunteer of the Year recipient. Sharon is a dedicated volunteer who contributes hundreds of hours of labor every year working on our trails.
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