Backbone Trail

HARD 3 reviews

Backbone Trail is a 42.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Malibu, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

42.7 miles 9241 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash


mountain biking

horseback riding




wild flowers



This trail hasn't been entirely linked up yet (there are still two segments of the trail that have yet to be finished), and most people who hike it break it up into sections. The most western section travels up to the summit of Sandstone Peak (3,111') the highest mountain in the Santa Monica Mtns.

1 year ago

Very jagged trail with a downward steep. Very very good trail with sweat and much backbone into it.

Love the scenery- if you look close enough and skies are clear, you can see the ocean! Moderate hike.

1 year ago

Awesome ... Hiked over multiple days through NPS organized hike. Super awesome!