Los Angeles is now home to a 67-mile hiking trail

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The Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains will run 67 miles once escrow closes on two parcels. Photo: Courtesy of Edgar Alfonseca/Flickr

Very soon, Southern California hikers will be able to access an uninterrupted 67-mile trail in their own backyard.

The culmination of hard work and donations from celebrities, former governors, and state, federal and local agencies will finally come to fruition in the next 10 days.

A final piece of land was donated in the Santa Monica Mountains, which is the last piece in the puzzle to connect the 67-mile hiking trail.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and fitness pioneer Betty Weider donated 40 acres to the National Park Service.

Two other parcels are in escrow which will close in about a week and all of these have made the Backbone Trail, as it’s called, a reality.

The trail roughly parallel to Freeway 101 near Thousand Oaks in Los Angeles. It will run from Will Rogers State Historic Park to Point Mugu State Park.

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The trail runs from Point Mugu State Park (above) to Will Rogers State Historic Park. Photo: Courtesy of Roy Randall/Flickr

The opportunity for such extensive hiking is juxtaposed against the megalopolis that is Los Angeles.

“The Backbone Trail offers the primo, sustained outdoor experience in Southern California,” executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Joe Edmiston told The Los Angeles Times.

Since the ’60s, four agencies have been working to purchase land to make the public trail a reality, including the conservancy, the National Park Service, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

The National Park Service is celebrating the trail completion on June 4 with a ceremony at Will Rogers State Park, coinciding with National Trail Day.

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