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Creds- Have AllTrails Pro. 8 Nov 2018, 11.2 mi hike, 2,464’ el gain- followed AllTrails exactly.

Designated parking at Trailhead. Arrived 9:am Thursday morning no parking issues.

Started counter clockwise - recommend going clockwise. Why? Last mile shoe skiid down- no way runnable. Also no view. Go clockwise for great views and run ability. Loop at the half way point in good condition.

Liked the hike since lots of great views, trails in good condition, benches for lunch breaks, and easy parking.

Amazing views throughout and wide, well kept trails.

I hiked what I think is this trail today, although I am having trouble reconciling the map with the description. I hiked clockwise from Mulholland to Bent Arrow to Temescal Canyon to Garapito Canyon. Bent Arrow does not follow a densely wooded creek, so there may be another trail. I did see one on the map called Bay Tree trail; however, it must be farther east on Mulholland. However, when I used GPS and compared where I was with the map, it showed where I was supposed to be. It also comes out right at Garapito. Anyway, I really enjoyed the hike. Garapito Canyon is very pretty, and would probably be quite lovely in the Spring. I think hiking this loop counterclockwise might be harder than hiking it clockwise. Otherwise it is not hard at all, if you hike at all.

One of the most lush and scenic hiking trails that I have done in LA. The trail is well maintained and has a steady incline and decline for the most part. The first mile of the hike is more of your wilderness style of hike with the terrain being a bit rocky, and then it opens up to a wide, shadeless pathway with constant views of the beaches and ocean.

Go the extra couple miles and make it to the Parker Mesa overlook! It's about a 7 mile round trip (out and back). Great hike to walk, run and also mountain bike on!

UPDATE (2/5/18): I finally figured out how to make this already awesome trail an actual loop! So when you get to the Parker Mesa Overlook (the overlook that is after the bathroom), descend down the pathway in front of the left bench. Take the pathway down and you will soon find yourself in a rugged and more isolated adventure. I would really recommend wearing hiking shoes for this as simple running sneakers/fly knits will slip on loose dirt and erosion here. The trail has overgrown branches and brush that arch over the pathway making you feel like you are a bit of a mini forest. ALSO if you are going to do this trail I would HIGHLY SUGGEST that you research it first as it's very easy to get lost at certain points and finding yourself being attacked by branch bushes lol. I had downloaded an offline map on the All Trails app (I upgraded to the Pro Version, just $20 a year and so worth it so that you don't get lost). This trail is a straight shot back to the trailhead where you will find yourself going down and up.

UPDATE #2 (3/18/18): If you want to take a more strenuous but shorter & more direct route to the Parker Mesa overlook, then take the pathway that is in your left upon walking through the Los Leones trailhead sign at the trailhead. You will know you are going the right way if you are walking pass some concrete and a tunnel. The trail swiftly ascends upwards before leveling out a bit. Taking this route up was quite a workout and the trail itself is nothing like the wide fire roads that people typically take to the different overlooks. It's steep, rugged, and isolated making it more of an adventure.

Parking:
There is free street parking at the trailhead.

Decent hike. If you’re going to do the loop I would recommend going clockwise, starting with Rabbit Hole (the West portion of the loop), as it is steep and better suited for ascending rather than descending. Keep in mind about 70% of this trail (including out-and-back) is fire road, mostly open and exposed to the sun. So if you’re looking for a more traditional trail-like setting this may not be the one. Good that it’s close to town though. Great workout, and nice views too.

Really great hike, the views are amazing and the incline is a bit challenging. I wish there were more signs to tell you how far you've traveled but over all great trail.

This is such an amazing trail. It’s long enough for a great workout with beautiful scenery. My top favorite.

It’s a tough hike definitely, I did it the opposite way round to most people. I started by parking on the Brand library road then headed off right past the kids park, there is a drainage ditch on your left you can head up to hit the trail but I walked past the chain barrier up an old windy access road that ends after five mins in a kind of clearing, look right and take the sharp incline path/scramble then head left up the ridgeline to join the trail. Five mins of hard slog up the hill then when the radio masts are in sight take the left path off the sharp incline, it seems to be dropping away and does for a while into the canyon but soon starts to rise again. This will then give you an hour of twisting path slowly gaining height but very hard still, especially with the sun beating down on you.
At the top of the mountain after taking in the amazing views you head for the radio masts again keeping on the high paths. You just need to eyeball the long semi straight path all the way down the ridge as the right turn off is easy to miss. Then it’s a jog and scramble down the sharp decline everyone has been mentioning for their initial start point of the hike. Took me two and a half hours. Trashed!

We started early at 6:45 AM and noticed a lot of cars park already. Coming from Los Leones Canyon entrance trail, it is 1.5 miles of narrow and relaxing hike with trail covered with trees. Then you will be exposed to open overlooking views of ocean and city and there is a bench for resting. Then the rest of your 2 mile trail to the Parker Mesa overlook will be wide and exposed with few inclines that will give you your cardio workout. The overlook is amazing and breathtaking on a clear day.

The challenge was real! Quite the incline from the start, especially since I made my own starting point up an old access road and then scaled the side of a mountain to eventually find the trail.
Great workout and amazing views.

Just did this hike this morning. It was a great hike with amazing views and good incline. Saw 2 deer on the trail, which was exciting. My friends and I hiked it counterclockwise and there were areas near the top that were quite slippery to the first tower. I’m glad we did not have to go down that way. Coming down was a little boring, but I’d definitely do it again.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Very exposed though, little to no shade for all of the hike. I recommend it for an early morning or late hike. Not too many bugs. Seems like a very popular trail for mountain bikers, there were quite a few who passed along the trail. The views were not as expansive as I expected, but overall a nice trail. I saw a buck!

Great hike. First 2 miles are zig-zaggy pretty steep incline. Wonderful views. Lightly traveled.

Well rounded hike - fantastic trail run! Shaded the first part.

Nothing but love for the Backbone Trail! We left one car on the street outside the entrance to Will Rogers (so we could leave it overnight) and rode together to Stunt Rd. We parked in a gravel area near Stunt and began our hike towards Musch Camp, which is first come first serve camping.

The downhill was rough with 20+ lbs of gear each, but it was gorgeous. The campsite had drinking water and toilets, but minimal shade. It was very hot out and that might be why we had no problem getting a camp spot on a Saturday. We relaxed and ate and slept well.

The second day was equally hot, but equally beautiful. I'd done this part of the trail before (near Will Rogers). In June it was a little overgrown and there were some patches of flying insects, but it was a lovely hike. I love the bridges and ocean view on this section of the BBT. I've done about half of the whole trail now and we can't wait to finish the rest. If you have the same goal, definitely try to stay at Musch when you come through this leg of it.

Very nice and clean trail. It was an easy trail, very little inclines. About 6.8 miles back and fourth trail. Connects to los Leones trail and got to see that beautiful ocean view. Hiked Labor Day 2018 at 12 pm, very little traffic. Perfect running trail for the way down.

There are a few ways to do this trail, but we opted to do the loop CLOCKWISE, extend down the fire road a few miles, then returned for the remainder of the loop.

For an easier hike, follow the main trail out and back. It is beautiful, green, and well traveled.

You should be an experienced hiker to complete the full loop as the first portion (Rabbit Hole) is VERY steep and somewhat slippery for about 1.5 miles to Parker Mesa Overlook. Wear HIKING footwear and bring lots of water. To find this option, you have to access the trail by dipping into and crossing he wash as you enter the gates. Follow the trail straight into the woods for about 50 yards or so. When you see the “trail closed” sign straight ahead, look up and to the left...WAAY up to what looks like a dirt mess...that’s the trail

Good trail with awesome views on a clear day. Great for sunset.

Beautiful view

Great hike with some awesome views

This is a terrible running route and should be called Rolling Hills Horse Poop. The first mile had me fooled because it’s gorgeous with a nice soft trail and lots of shade. At mile 1.5 you realize this route is totally Frankensteined together with some trail, lots of road, private property, and a lot of narrow horse poop littered trail. Literally the entire last half mile is 6” deep horse shit because you’re running along a stable fence line and the people who live there are just dumping horse poop over the fence.

It was a pain in the ass to navigate. If you’re trying to maintain any kind of pace, just run on the roads the whole time. This trail took me 30% longer to run just to figure out where I was supposed to be going.

I commend whoever recorded this for cobbling together a route out of what was available, but these trails are better left for horses than runners.

Nice hike and will definitely do it again. Unfortunately it was a bit too crowded up to the first view point but it does clear up after as you work your way to the top/midway loop point.

Had issues finding the entry point to the Rabbit Hole Trail (going up) but will give it another go next time I’m back.

Very heavily trafficked until you get to the out and back portion. Going counter clockwise on the loop portion, the second half on your way back down can prove to be very difficult if you don’t have trekking poles or experience.

We took the trail from the north entrance of TCyn (Braude Park), and didn’t how long it was. There was so much mist that we couldn’t see 20 feet in front of us. We finally reached a place to get out of the trail and thanks to a nearby sign .08 mile to hub, we were able to find our way out of the park. Lovely, but long hike. Brings lots of water, hat, and snacks.

For years, this was my go-to trail for a good quick workout. It’s still great, but so many people have gone off the trail that the hill is pretty scarred. Especially near the top, where folks trying to avoid the steep, dry, slippery terrain have moved to the sides, killed plantlife and created more steep, dry, slippery terrain. This is a difficult trail with a sharp elevation gain near the top. Please don’t hike it if you can’t hack it.

Los Leones is one of my favorite trails within the immediate LA area. Generally I’m searching for something harder, more technical, or at least with a little scrambling, but there’s just really nothing to not like about this trail! You’ll have a clear path the entire way on this out and back with no real way to get lost. I went on a holiday mid-day and was expecting it to be packed but was pleasantly surprised. The trail is generally more crowded up to the first overlook where many people turn back. There is an option to add miles with the east topanga fire road which will give you about 10.5 miles total.

Great training hike. First hour is up and more up and gets everything burning. Took an extra side trip at the top to ensure we hit the summit. Worth it but rough going on lose dirt and sand. The down section is tedious, it’s a winding road and not special and the only reason I don’t give this 5 star.

Super steep at the start from the library good conditioning hike.

This hike is rated hard for a reason! I did the loop only which was clocked at 5.1 miles from the entrance gate. I went up counter clockwise, not sure if that was a good choice or a bad one. Either way is fairly brutal. If you go counter clockwise, you’ll start up the trail which is the most heavily trafficked (and also fairly well covered) right past the “trail” signs. This is a narrow trail which will take you up to the vista about 1.20 miles up. It’s an easy first segment and you can enjoy the awesome view at the top of the ocean and cityscape below. Then it’s on to leg burning time. Continue to head up the wide fire road (this is the right side of the trail on the map) - this is a long strenuous hike up, not extremely steep but it’s constant. Not many people venture this route, so it wasn’t heavily trafficked. I think I lost about 20 lbs in sweat during this segment. Keep going and eventually you will hit the mid point and can continue on straight to make this an “out & back” or go left past the bathrooms onto the “rabbit hole” trail (west side of loop). This trail is no joke, it’s super steep! I had to break off a stick (aka hiking pole) and at times get down on all fours just to get down some of the declines. This is a VERY narrow and very rocky trail, so slipping will occur, be careful. The trail is slightly overgrown so you do have some shade (watch out for snakes). Hike was a good heart pumping workout for sure, but the rabbit hole was a bit unpleasant so not sure I will do the loop again.
Parking is free - there is a small lot near the trail entrance and parking on the street - weekends get crowded.

I loved it. can't wait to go again. it's uphill most of the way until you reach (7 Trees). there is a bench where you can sit for a minute. round trip for us was around 4.5 miles,. we m ay gave missed a turn somewhere because it seemed shorter than expected

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