Backbone Trail Through Zuma Canyon

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Backbone Trail Through Zuma Canyon is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.0 miles
1,906 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Directions from Agoura Hills, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway to Kanan Road. Head south on Kanan Road to reach Zuma / Trancas Canyons. Parking is available at Newton Canyon.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Backbone is always fun for what it is! Done it several time. Beautiful views of the ocean as you hike. Not too many trees or wildlife. Zuma area is best. I'd rather be in the Sierras, but a good day trip on a whim if you want to be by the beach.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

No summit views but a really nice hike.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hiked part of this trail when got lost off the Zuma Loop ... Lovely hike ... but lots of turns and biker ... so if you have a dog, keep them close ... though unlike other trails I have been on, bikers are super nice to let you know if other bikers are behind and aren't angry for sharing the trail (thx!!)

mountain biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

I loved it.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

At the start of the trail you go down for a while, so just remember that on your way back you finish with an uphill. It is beautiful. Some great views, steeper inclines peppered with downhills, and more shade than I expected for such a heavy brush area. Really enjoyed it!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A lot of people seem to disagree with how difficult this hike is. A book I read said it was easy, this website says it's difficult. I think it's easy/moderate. I'm definitely not an experienced hiker and had to stop a few times to catch my breath but it wasn't difficult. There isn't really an end point with a grand view, but the walk is beautiful and shaded most of the way. Lots of great flowers and animals to observe! Towards the end you can see the dried up bed of what used to be Upper Zuma Falls

Monday, November 04, 2013

This hike is a great workout! At first it seems to be all downhill, but soon enough it turns into some pretty challenging rolling hills. The scenery is nice - not over the top stunning - but very pleasant. Trails are well groomed. It's 2.5 miles out... And then 2.5 miles back. If you move at a fast pace , you will work up a sweat and get a solid workout.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Loooooong trip with little to see. Connects to many other trails which makes it somewhat confusing. Best bet is to head down and explore there. Going back up the trails might just redirect you to Zuma/Newton Canyon. Cyclists seemed to be enjoying the winding trail.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Uphill. Uphill. Uphill and lots of uphill. went hiking today March 04 2012 and it was very hot. Backbone trail have a lot of shades though so it wasn't that bad. Found a couple of lizards on the trails. We also found a waterfall but it was dry so that was a little of dissapointment. Along the way we came across a lot of mountain bikers, they were everywhere. Scene wise, back bone trail is A-o.k.

once again, uphill. uphill. uphill. so you have to be prepared and bring lots of water

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