Backbone Trail

Malibu Creek State Park, California

Elevation Gain4,632ft
Trailhead Elevation2,375ft
Elevation Min/Max449/2715ft
Elevation Start/End2375/2375ft

Backbone Trail

Backbone Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Malibu Creek State Park, Topanga State Park, and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 2,375 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,632 feet. Along the trail there are parkings. This trail connects with the following: Trail, Hondo Canyon Trail and Backbone-Stunt Connector.

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"On a cool, clear day, the easternmost section of the Backbone Trail—Trippet Ranch to Will Rogers State Historic Park—yields dazzling and ever-changing perspectives of the meeting of mountains and sea. A lesser benefit of this one-way trip is that you get to walk downhill most of the time."

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Trail Information

Malibu Creek State Park
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Malibu Creek State Park
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USGS 7.5-min Topanga
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