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A mountain biker rides the Inspiration Loop Trail in Will Rogers State Historical Park. (Pete Thomas / LAT)
Though intimately close to the city, the park - -and the Backbone Trail leading away from the park -- affords a unique wilderness experience for hikers and bikers. (Pete Thomas / LAT)
A jogger returns to civilization after a run up the Backbone Trail, which originates atop the Inspiration Loop Trail within Will Rogers State Historical Park. The Backbone Trail spans across the Santa Monica Mountains. (Pete Thomas / LAT)
Mountain bikers head west along the Backbone Trail, which originates in Will Rogers State Park and affords bikers and hikers a chance to escape civilization. (Pete Thomas / LAT)
Getting away from it all, if only for a while. (Pete Thomas/ LAT)