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Backbone Trail

Backbone Trailhead
Backbone Trail, Malibu, CA 90265

A Santa Monica Mountains ridgeline trail has been a vision for more than 50 years. Originally the trail was to run from Griffith Park to Point Mugu, but that idea never progressed. In the 1970s, with the establishment of state parks in the mountains, the notion began to crystallize. The Backbone Trail would stretch from Will Rogers State Historic Park to Point Mugu State Park, anchored in the middle by Malibu Creek State Park.

During the 1980s, many who shared the vision started working on the project with California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the National Park Service. By 2010, 62 miles of the trail had been completed. It followed ridges, traversed chaparral-covered hillsides, entered oak woodlands, and crossed creeks and valleys.

Directions: About an hour from our area. Take the US-101 N to Kanan Rd in Agoura Hills. Take the Kanan Rdexit from US-101 N and turn left. Continue on Kanan Dume Road. Turn right at W Newton Canyon Road.