Starting this weekend and continuing through December, the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club will celebrate the annual Backbone Festival by leading free group hikes along sections of the Backbone Trail – that *almost* finished 68-mile trail through the Santa Monica Mountains from the Pacific Palisades to the Pacific Ocean.

Each section will highlight a different area of the trail system, and range from easy 7-mile strolls with car shuttles to strenuous 14 mile loops.

This Saturday’s hike is a moderate 10 mile trek in Zuma and Trancas Canyons with a total elevation gain of 2000 feet. If you’re interested, budget out 5 hours of your day starting at 8:45 AM, pack your water and lunch, and call 310-820-8021 for parking instructions and more information.

If you’re the type who likes to plan ahead, check out the latest edition of OUTDOORS (PDF!) for the other dates, times, locations, and phone numbers.

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