Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail

Point Mugu State Park, California

Distance2.7mi
Elevation Gain2,479ft
Trailhead Elevation32ft
Top1,023ft
Elevation Min/Max32/1023ft
Elevation Start/End32/32ft

Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail

Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Point Mugu State Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 32 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,479 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Overlook Trail.

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."

Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail Reviews

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11/25/2006
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.
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2/4/2006
(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.
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12/11/2005
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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Trail Information

Point Mugu State Park
Nearby City
Point Mugu State Park
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Point Mugu State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Point Mugu; Trail Map of the Santa Monica Mountains, West
Local Maps

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Aug 2018