Backbone Trail / Castor Crest

Malibu California Mountain Bike Trails

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This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much of this ride takes place on the Backbone Trail, a path that snakes across the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains and is mostly closed to bikes. Irresponsible riding could close this section as well, which would be a shame since it offers a great deal of fun, easily accessible singletrack. From the Latigo Canyon Road parking area, the downhill begins almost immediately as the trail plunges south of Castro Peak before climbing back up to Newton Motorway. After crossing the motorway, an especially scenic but rocky singletrack falls into a canyon shaped by the west fork of Solstice Creek. this loose sandstone section can be dauntingly slick.
Mountain Bike! Southern California

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Mountain Bike! Southern California

by David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much of this ride takes place on the Backbone Trail, a path that snakes across the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains and is mostly closed to bikes. Irresponsible riding could close this section as well, which would be a shame since it offers a great deal of fun, easily accessible singletrack. From the Latigo Canyon Road parking area, the downhill begins almost immediately as the trail plunges south of Castro Peak before climbing back up to Newton Motorway. After crossing the motorway, an especially scenic but rocky singletrack falls into a canyon shaped by the west fork of Solstice Creek. this loose sandstone section can be dauntingly slick.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Malibu
Length: 12.6
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: Year-round except after rains
Local Contacts: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Local Maps: Trail Map of the Santa Monica Mountains Central
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Recent Trail Reviews

1/1/2009

I've done this ride three times! Tough ride physically in some up hill areas. But over all its a great ride to brag about!

11/26/2007

Aerobically challenging, moderate technically. Nice views of the Santa Monica mountains.

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