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

More Info

Official Website: Visit Website

Information Number: 805-370-2301





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