Castro Crest via Backbone Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews
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Castro Crest via Backbone Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,526 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

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wild flowers

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no dogs

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2 months ago

Great view and cozy but no shade.!!

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2 months ago

Loved the hike! The views at the top are beautiful! Be careful parking at the Puima trailhead parking lot, my car was broken into and I had credit cards and ID stolen.

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11 months ago

Really beautiful especially towards the end! Went on a Thursday morning and saw maybe 1 or 2 other people. Also went in October so there was a nice breeze, the perfect temperature. I probably wouldn’t go on a hot day.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Great trail. All the hard work is done in the first couple miles. As other reviews have said, the driving directions are a bit off. Park at the Tapia Trailhead parking lot.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Lots of elevation gain initially, rocky trail. Nice foliage, greener than other trails in the area like Los Liones and Temescal. Great views and picnic table about 2 miles up.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Lovely hike on a cool morning. First 2 miles or so is steady ascent (nearly all of the elevation gain). Highlights: oak trees cluster during ascent, views from the crest (both north and south), rock formations & wind caves near the end. Note: the map shows leaving from a locked gate, actually the Puima trailhead is the right spot, 100 yards or so south.

Monday, November 06, 2017

This was the best hike in the area and we've done a lot of hikes in Malibu. Great views, good amount of difficulty and activity. Fall is definitely a good time for this trail.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Amazing

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

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

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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.

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