Trail Crew

As the land was being obtained by state and federal funds, the Task Force recognized the need for trails. In the 1970's, we organized a trail crew, led by Ron Webster.

Over the years, this volunteer crew has built and maintained a great many of the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. Some of these trails laid the foundation for the Backbone Trail, including Musch Ranch, Topanga Nature, Dead Horse, Piuma Ridge, Saddle Creek, Fossil Ridge, Hondo Canyon, Ray Miller, Wood Canyon Vista, Coyote Trail, and many more.

The Trail Crew maintains a strong program of building and maintaining trails that support recreational use throughout the Santa Monicas and in adjacent parkland.

Click HERE to watch a conversation with Master Trail Builder Ron Webster.  


Become part of our Trail Crew!
Our Sierra Club Trail Crew generally meets promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and returns to the trailhead by 2:00 p.m. Meeting places and time vary and are subject to change, depending on weather and other factors. See below for a list of what to bring.
Here’s how to receive announcements about each week’s trails project:
1. Click HERE to be added to the “Trailees” Google Group announcement list.
2. Each week you will be notified mid-week by email about the trails project for the coming Saturday, as well as the time, place and other details such as driving directions. 
3. You do not have to make reservations to join the Trail Crew on any given Saturday. Just show up. Significant rain cancels trail work. If in doubt, you can email or call the leader: 
What to bring and to wear:
  • Work boots or sturdy hiking shoes  
  • Work gloves 
  • Day Pack
  • Sun screen, hat, long sleeves and long pants
  • Eye protection (such as sunglasses)
  • Plenty of water, snack, and lunch  

We provide maintenance tools!   

Children: A parent or legal guardian must accompany any volunteer under the age of 18.