California State Parks is working to restore a section of the 65-mile Backbone Trail, which stretches from Pacific Palisades to Point Mugu.
The trail traverses the Santa Monica Mountains, starting in Topanga State Park. The improvements are focused on a 10-mile stretch along Rogers Road, 18 landslides and the “Chicken Ridge” bridge in Topanga State Park.
"The Backbone Trail provides thousands of hikers, bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts with an unparalleled recreational experience through the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains,” said Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, who secured federal funds for the project.
"These improvements will enhance that experience and improve safety for everyone that uses this popular trail," Sherman continued.
Craig Sap, Angeles Superintendent for California State Parks, said the updates are much needed.
“The results of the work are already being recognized by the public as we have received many letters and emails thanking State Parks for improving the visitor experience,” Sap said.
Sherman began working with the National Park Service and California State Parks when concerns were raised about the condition of the trail.
Work is expected to be completed on all the improvements in 2013.