“Pristine backcountry” isn’t the very first thing that involves thoughts when somebody mentions Los Angeles. But the close by Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area gives a surprisingly straightforward escape from potholes and inhabitants density. Hiding in plain view above (insert your least favourite L.A. freeway), the 153,000 acres of sage-covered slopes and oaky canyons are laced with over 500 miles of mountain climbing trails stretching from central L.A.’s Griffith Park to outer Malibu. Home to greater than 1,000 plant and 500 animal species, it’s been known as the world’s largest city nationwide park.



Winding via all of it is the Backbone Trail, one of many longest steady trails in Southern California. At 67 miles, it threads via one of many largest Mediterranean-type ecosystems on Earth. It doesn’t take lengthy to fully neglect you’re close to a mega-city higher identified for crushing goals than recharging souls, but the route is basically unknown, even to locals.

Thru-hiking city SoCal’s reply to the Appalachian Trail in a single shot isn’t actually an possibility at current given the scarcity of campgrounds. The finest technique to bag the Backbone is by spreading it out over a number of day hikes. Two favourite legs are discovered at reverse ends of the path. For A-list cityscape views with prime Pacific Palisades people-watching, the Backbone’s jap trailhead at Will Rogers State Historic Park begins 20 miles from downtown. For vertiginous, front-row Pacific Coast mountain climbing you may typically have all to your self (critically), the place to start out is the path’s western terminus at Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County.

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