Backbone Trail
Backbone Trail
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Spectacular scenery over three ridges in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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MalibuSteele
Malibu, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Some of the most incredible mountain and ocean views that you will ever see are on this trail. It can be technical in parts, but is suitable for most. Bring your hiking shoes and your camera and pick a trailhead to experience this one - at nearly 70 miles long, you can come back again and again.
Written 20 October 2019
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Sue
Long Island, NY4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Although it is all but impossible to get lost on this trail, It is important to know that it is 2.5 miles each way. It is part of a loop of several trails but if you only wish to do this trail, it is not a single loop. That being said, it is beautiful and although I was there during summer and the canyon was dry it was still remarkable.
Written 9 August 2019
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Oliver Trevor G
Atlanta, GA92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Plenty of parking available when pulling into lot. There are trail maps and other information explaining what to expect. Hike does change elevation quickly. The path does split several places, but usually ends up in the same, direction. Hike is not hard, but steep at times.
Written 1 February 2018
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Do it in pieces, hike it in parts, or one long jaunt. There is the Appalachia Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Los Angeles has the Backbone Trail. Most os us do it in parts, dividing it into day hikes. The ambitious take it all into a multi day hike. Easily supported as one is never too far from restaurant, markets, and trail heads.

Watch for deer, coyotes, and mountain lions. Usually a fairly easy trail, but be wary of gravel, shale, and slippery slopes.
Written 6 January 2018
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Francesca
Kansas City, MO10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
Parking lot at trailhead next to tunnel 1 on Kanan road. On the right going south bound. Went for about a mile and a half and then turned around since it’s not a looped trail. A lot of good elevation changes. Not too hard for how far we got. Bring water. Lots of shade for the most part. Beautiful trees and colors during fall. Unfortunately, Zuma creek didn’t have any water running but there’s a nice little bridge to cross over.
Written 27 October 2017
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This trail can be hot and there is very limited shade...bring adequate water and sunblock

The drive to the trail is a twisty/windy road, it was a great drive.

There is a 3 or 6 mile option to hike.

Start at 2,030 elevation and climb up 1,081 more feet.

Excellent view points.
Written 15 August 2017
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Angela H
Doylestown, PA149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
This is not an easy trail to hike, and there were a few times that I didn't think I could get to the top. However, I did! It was so worth it, too! You can see the Pacific, on a clear day, and it is just so beautiful. There were a few places along the way that I felt the trail had been "landscaped" because the foliage was just too perfect! This is a MUST!
Written 20 April 2017
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kcslatts
Malibu, CA325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
A nice hike through a canyon with mild shifting grades, trees for intermittent shade and 2 different areas to park. Can be crowded on weekends and due to location in the canyon varying temperatures that can switch over a period of a few hours. One of several nice hikes in the Malibu area. Enter on Kanan next to tunnel #1
Written 15 March 2017
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Yan b
California60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Moderate hike in the beginning might not be suitable for young kids, then easy hike if you continue to Tripeaks or even to Sycamore canyon trail head. good hiking boots highly recommended since lot of rocks on the trail head. From parking lot to the sandstone peak was pretty crowded, I went there on Sunday morning. But pass the peak, it was less crowds. Few other trails lead to different places, some are not open for bikes. Dogs must be on leash.
Written 12 December 2016
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Kyle B
Palmdale, CA312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
Several side trails and fire roads. Some of the trail systems are better than others. Some side trails are open to bikes some are not. The ocean front trails are great with great views up to ventura and down south to malibu. If you are hiking just stay to right on trails also open to bikes as they are not always looking.
Written 17 October 2016
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