Castro Crest via Backbone Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Castro Crest via Backbone Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu Bowl, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2772 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

26 days ago

1 month ago

Amazing

5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked the first three miles and back
Mostly fire road
Moderately trafficked
Picnic table with spectacular view at top
Mostly ridge hike
Not much shade
No water
Steep ascent
Strenuous for less experienced hiker
Pay $12 (card only) to park at trail head
Toilet at trail head

7 months ago

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

hiking
Friday, January 10, 2014

hiking
Saturday, December 28, 2013

hiking
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2012

hiking
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Monday morning turned out to be a good time. Only three mountain bikers while I was there. I hiked the Corral Canyon parking lot to Latigo and back. I expected the sun-exposed sections, but there are some beautiful tree-shaded sections with easily traversed creek crossings.