EVENT: All About the Backbone Trail --FREE!

Posted by Adventure 16 | 08.15.2017

Come discover SoCal’s newly-completed Backbone Trail, a true hidden gem right here in our own backyard. Find the best day hikes, learn ways to through-hike it, and enjoy tips, advice and stories from the authors of The Complete Hiker’s Guide To The Backbone Trail.

backbone trail

Want some local adventure? The kind you can have in your spare time? Hike the Backbone Trail, Southern California’s recently completed 69-mile footpath along the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains.

ocean view

Join Doug and Caroline Chamberlin, authors of the new book, The Complete Hiker’s Guide To The Backbone Trail, as they lead you through the hidden gems of our newly-designated local national recreation trail: deep forests, waterfalls, cliffs and canyons, vistas of endless ridges, backcountry dirt roads, wildlife, million-dollar city views, and windswept peaks with panoramas looking down on a thousand square miles of Pacific Ocean.

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Whether you are determined to conquer the entire trail or just a single segment, at this event you’ll learn the different ways to best experience the “BBT,” including how to tackle it as a series of unforgettable day hikes, how to choose a segment that meets your goals, and how to best through-hike the trail in spite of its very limited camping facilities.

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In this fun evening, Doug and Caroline will offer tips and advice from their numerous trips along the trail, including individual segment details, what gear to bring, and a brief history of the trail’s forty-year construction. They’ll also share some stories about their experiences in creating the book, including multiple mishaps, frequently getting lost, a mountain lion encounter, and a love of the hidden beauty of our own SoCal. And of course, they will attempt to answer any question that you can think of about the Backbone Trail!

Thursday, September 14: A16 Tarzana Storehelix logo
Friday, September 15: A16 West L.A. Store


Doug and Caroline ChamberlinDoug and Caroline Chamberlin are avid hikers who live in Southern California, but who have enjoyed hiking in areas as diverse as the Colorado Rockies, the Grand Canyon, the Italian Dolomites and the Scottish Highlands. They fell in love with the Backbone Trail when they first hiked it in 2011. Since then they have trekked the entire trail several times, and they have the retired pairs of pulverized hiking boots to prove it. Doug is a professional writer mostly known for his work in screenplays, including co-authoring the script for Toy Story II. Caroline is a Certified Public Accountant of over twenty years.


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