About the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council (SMMTC)


Our Mission

The Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining the public trail system throughout the Santa Monica Mountains through advocacy and partnership with public and private sectors.

Our Roots

Since 1972, the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council has been the only organization devoted to representing all trail user groups in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Santa Monica Mountains contain historic trails originally made by the Chumash Indians and later expanded by the early settlers. However, urban sprawl and extensive road construction has destroyed major portions of these trails and continues to threaten their existence and use.

The Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council was born out of the concern and need to preserve these historic trails. Through our commitment to these mountains, some of the historic trails now link local, state, and federal parklands creating a vast recreational resource that extends from Griffith Park in the city of Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Our volunteers are maintaining a trail somewhere in the Santa Monica Mountains almost every weekend year-round.

Your generous contributions are hard at work protecting and enhancing the trail system that serves as a recreational, educational and historical resource for generations to enjoy.

About Us

The Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council coordinates with various government agencies to enhance and preserve the trail system. We assist in negotiations with property owners regarding specific trail alignments. We promote public awareness and build, monitor and maintain trails.

Trails are continually subject to tenacious pressures, whether due to recreation, development or simply the forces of nature. Therefore, it is imperative that the trails be safeguarded to ensure future use and enjoyment.

Our monthly Board meetings are attended by State Park, National Park and Los Angeles County representatives. The public is welcome.

Our Goals

  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.

We welcome your suggestions on the website and comments on trails, email us at mail@smmtc.org. You are also welcome to attend our Board Meetings - to view upcoming dates, please see our calendar page.

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