Backbone Trail Through Zuma Canyon

HARD 27 reviews
#4 of 6 trails in

Backbone Trail Through Zuma Canyon is a 9.7 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.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2280 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

mountain biking
2 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

No summit views but a really nice hike.

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

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!!)

hiking
7 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

I loved it.

mountain biking
10 months ago

10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Friday, May 06, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

hiking
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!

hiking
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