Backbone Trail to Sandstone Peak is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Thousand Oaks, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway east to Highway 23 / Westlake Boulevard. Head south on Hwy. 23 to Mulholland Highway. Turn right (west) and proceed to Yerba Buena Road to reach Circle X Ranch. Park at Sandstone Peak Trailhead.
Did this hike for the 2nd time today, but this time starting from the Backbone Trailhead at Yerba Buena. I did the loop going counterclockwise and also made the trek up to Tri Peaks and included the small loop back around to the main trail. I did forget to start my recording of the track when I started so the first mile or so is missing. This area is the most interesting of all the trails in the Santa Monica mountains, offering up unique rock formations, ocean, valley, and mountain views, and if you go up to Tri Peaks you will also be able to see the Channel islands and the Oxnard area. It is not overly challenging if you go counterclockwise as the trail is more of a gradual incline. Total mileage was 8 miles with a little over 2,000 ft. of gain and took me about 3 1/2 hours to complete.
Amazing views, not too long and moderately steep. Dog friendly
Great weekend exercising spot. The trail is not that long and dangerous. Great for family visit.
This trail was amazing! It is a bit challenging at some point but not hard. I took my little brother with me and he made it to the top. Views are amazing! I'm not kidding, they're just breathtaking. Loved the notebook at the top, so cute. Honestly I just loved it, can't wait to go back.
Loved this trail didn't complete it kid friendly if they are regulars at hiking, need to go back its been a while
The trail itself is rather boring but the view at the top is one of the best in Socal.
Nice quick hike with some great views..
A good sweat to the top..about 45 minutes..
I had the whole place to myself!!
Great views of the ocean and mountains from the top. Very popular trail, but a fun one as well.
This hike is a short one, but seems a lot longer. We started from the Mishe Mokwa trailhead. The whole hike is pretty steep. At points the trail is full of loose rocks. Make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes with good ankle support. There is not a lot of shade until you get farther up the trail. I would consider this hike a moderate to upper moderate level purely because the steepness and the trail condition being so loose. But don’t let that deter a more novice hiker. Just take your time. Once you reach the Mt. Allen peak, elevation 3111ft, you get to experience what the hike is really about. A beautiful 360 degree view of everything! From the ocean to the steep valleys. When at the peak, find the elevation marker and inside the marker is a notebook you can sign. Have fun!
We planned on hitting Circle X but continued on and found ourselves here. We didn't know it was a "difficult" hike. At any rate, the views were stellar! Amazing 360-degree gorgeous views of canyons and the ocean. It's a steep hike up for which seems like forever but it totally pays off at the end. We did go on a weekend, and although we saw other groups, it didn't feel crowded at all. The length of the hike isn't long, but due to the steepness of the trail, allow some extra time for rest and enjoying the view as you go along the trail.