About 45 conservationists joined representatives of the National Park Service and other government agencies last week in the mountains west of Malibu Creek State Park to dedicate a 1.5-mile segment of the Backbone Trail through Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
The Backbone Trail eventually will be a 55-mile hiking path through the Santa Monica Mountains between Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades and Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County.
Twenty miles of the Backbone Trail follow existing trails within Topanga, Malibu Creek and Point Mugu state parks.
The segment dedicated on Sept. 13, the first to be built on federal land in the mountains, was constructed by the federal Youth Conservation Corps. It runs through Newton Canyon between Newton Motorway and Latigo Canyon Road.
From the trail heads, there are views of Castro Crest and Boney Mountain. Downtown Los Angeles and the Channel Islands are visible on clear days, Park Service officials said.