Category Archives: Santa Monica Mountains

A week in the life of P‑22, the big cat who shares Griffith Park with millions of people

Mountain lion shows the promise, peril of coexistance Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2017 The lion slinks through the chaparral, a blur of movement in the night. Head held lower than his shoulders, he scours … Continue reading

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Respecting the force of Mother Nature

Commentary: When the rains come Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 26, 2017 Risk is a fact of life for outdoors enthusiasts, and smart people know they should always weigh the pros and cons when they venture … Continue reading

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NPS launches ‘bark patrol’ in Santa Monica Mountains

Pet etiquette on trails is the focus Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, December 15, 2016 A new pack of volunteers will soon hit the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains to show visitors and their dogs how … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Mountains hikers are urged to be aware of tarantulas

Ew! Creepy love game is afoot Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2016 Watch where you’re stepping while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains this month. There may be an extra pair of legs (or four) … Continue reading

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Mountain lions face ‘two evils’ in food hunt

L.A. pumas tend to get closer to urban areas – to avoid other cats. Source of this article, The Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2016 In the hills and wooded areas of the Los Angeles area, mountain lions remain a … Continue reading

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A brief history of the Backbone Trail

The Backbone Trail, a 67-mile route among the sycamore canyons and sandstone peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains, was a dream in the 1960s. Today it is a reality. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2016 … Continue reading

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67-Mile Backbone Trail will soon be completed in Santa Monica Mountains

Finally, a route will run through it Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2016 For more than 50 years, Southern Californians have dreamed of following an uninterrupted trail among the sycamore canyons and sandstone peaks of … Continue reading

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Why a Malibu cave made famous by a Jim Morrison rumor is closing

Corral Canyon Cave, long a hikers’ destination, is shut after Jim Morrison fans show their love with graffiti Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2016 Lindsey Templeton hiked down the dirt trail, through the thicket of … Continue reading

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Comments needed by December 4th to opposed hotel plan that would block historic Calabasas trail

The city of Calabasas is pushing plans for the building of the Rondell Oasis Hotel that would block access to the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (“DeAnza Trail”). The trail is designated as a National Historic Trail and got … Continue reading

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Photogenic lion meets with untimely demise

NPS blames rodenticide poisoning Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 15, 2015 A mountain lion found dead Sept. 30 within the boundaries of Point Mugu State Park has been identified as Puma-34, a juvenile female who was … Continue reading

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