The Backbone Trail is a little known long-distance trail stretching 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angles. The Backbone, which was officially opened in the summer of 2016, crosses the best-protected stretch of coastal Mediterranean habitat in the world and offers an amazing diversity of trail experiences.
You’ll experience deep wooded canyons, rocky outcrop spires, ocean vistas that include the Channel islands, and sweeping inland views to the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown LA. The trail about 25,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, and all types of terrain over its length.
Hikers and equestrians can access the entire length of the trail. Mountain bikers can use 47 miles.
Trail Type: End-to-End
Trail Length: 67 miles
Elevation Gain: 25000 feet
Trail Condition: Marginally Maintained
Dogs Allowed? Yes
Trail Activities: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Cactus, Cold, Forest Fire, Heat, Mountain Lions, Snakes