Backbone Trail to Sandstone Peak

MODERATE 70 reviews
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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1046 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

24 days ago

The highest point in Los Angeles county. Well worth the hike up. If you really want a great view Continue down the trail to the balancing Rock across the creek.

28 days ago

I went there today and will be back . Like that trail .

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2 months ago

Wild flowers are definitely blooming. Pretty shady relative to some of the other trails around 3PM till sundown.

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4 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

Amazing views, not too long and moderately steep. Dog friendly

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6 months ago

Great weekend exercising spot. The trail is not that long and dangerous. Great for family visit.

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