Backbone Trail Reaches LA's Wild Side

A Sierra Club writer dishes on his thru-hike of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Backbone Trail

A hiker on the Backbone Trail, near Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park.

"I resolved to walk the length of the Santa Monicas: a 119-mile, six-day journey from the easternmost point, near Dodger Stadium, to the western oceanic climax." That was the plan of Tom Zoellner in this account, a six-day wilderness adventure on the edge of Los Angeles.