Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail Professional Review and Guide
"If you can only run two trails in Southern California, one should be the Ray Miller Trail and the other should be the Ray Miller Trail in the opposite direction. This extraordinary course has well-maintained trails, spectacular ocean and mountain views, and a variety of challenging terrain. The paved parking lot is right at the trailhead with water, picnic tables, and restrooms— welcome sights following the run."
--Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin, 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
Beautiful run. Great trails. Our only complaint was that we never saw the Ray Miller Trail sign and so had to guess at the trailhead. Also, signs on the trail did not always match with the description and so we got lost. Still, we had a good 10 mile run with some good views. Would have liked to run the right trail and experience the correct route, especially after traveling from the East Coast to run the trail.
(01-29-06) This trail is truly amazing. Don't miss the opportunity if you are close to LA to experience this. I ran it starting with the backbone trail (located south of the parking area) the views got better the more you climbed. This trail is in great shape. The fire road is in great shape too as you descend to the meadow it turns into a different run altogether. The only real technical section is the descent into the park near the little waterfall close to the finish of the trail.
this trail was seriously gorgeous. the views of the pacific from mugu were incredible. (almost as incredible as the workout it was running to the top!) running through the valley - i felt like i was in the middle of a secluded countryside (not on the outskirts of LA.) i ran it backwards by accident - note: that the trailhead is not the main trail thru the gate. it is actually to the right and marked as the backbone trail. a few spots were quite overgrown - but it's well worth a few branches in the face to experience this trail!
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