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Backbone Trail Signage

For Santa Monica Mountains Fund

In 2015, the Hind Foundation granted $16,000 to ensure the completion the Santa Monica Mountains Fund’s Backbone Trail Signage project. Upgrading and completing this 40-year long trail building effort was one of the key projects for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) during the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial Year. Upgrading signage was vital to the trail’s success and enjoyment, assisting hikers in finding their way across its 66 miles of trails that are premier recreation opportunities in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the United States and encompasses over 153,000 acres. The Backbone Trail is the unifying feature of the entire recreation area extending from Will Rogers SHP across National Park Service and local conservation lands all the way to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Noteworthy Outcomes

  • A Place for Community
    17 million people live within a one-hour drive of the park, which is used heavily by visitors and the surrounding community alike for hiking.  Most of the trails connect to the Backbone Trail.
  • Aiming High
    Santa Monica Mountains Fund’s aim is for the trail to be designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail.

Area of Funding: Land Conservation
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $16,000
Year Funded: 2015
Year Completed: 2015

About the Organization
Santa Monica Mountains Fund
401 W Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360