Lonely Planet Writer

California hiking trail finally opens to public after 40 years thanks to celebrity intervention

At last – it may have taken four decades from planning to execution but the 67-mile hiking trail which spans Los Angeles and Ventura counties has finally opened.

Backbone trail spans from Los Angeles to Ventura.
Backbone trail spans from Los Angeles to Ventura. Image by Getty Images

The National Park Service (NPS) claimed the public are allowed on to the ‘Backbone Trail’ across the Santa Monica Mountains for the first time at the weekend.

Sunset from the Backbone trail in California.
Sunset from the Backbone trail in California. Image by Getty Images

According to sfgate.com, the trail meanders through one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land that still exists in Southern Calfornia. The trail has become a reality thanks to a 40-acre donation by former governor and Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, fitness guru Betty Weider and public land acquisitions. The NPS believe that overnight camping facilities, which are currently very sparse, could be expanded in the future.