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Castro Crest via Backbone Trail

MODERATE 93 reviews
#5 of 16 trails in

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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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muddy
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8 days ago

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no shade
over grown
private property
25 days ago

We started off with intentions of completing hike listed in title, but we got bored and ventured off a bit. The first 3 miles was steady incline the entire way but after about half a mile it was mostly fire road which I despise. The views from the fire road were gorgeous, which everyone would enjoy more on a narrow trail but you can miss most of it when you walk up a wide fire road - all you notice is road unless you get closer to the edge. We saw a narrow trail along a ridge line toward the ocean to the left and decided to walk that instead. Looks like it was trail to Mesa Peak or Mesa Ridge and we continued past this to a cross overlooking the ocean and Pepperdine University. Beautiful views. From trailhead to the cross and back it was 8ish miles. So glad we ventured off. It saved the hike!

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muddy
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29 days ago

Nice hike

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washed out
1 month ago

Great tough hike but be careful if it has rained recently, had to make to impromptu river crossings.

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no shade
5 months ago

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6 months ago

Great view and cozy but no shade.!!

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7 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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bugs
7 months ago

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Sat Oct 06 2018

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.

Sun Aug 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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Wed 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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Mon Feb 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.

Mon Nov 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.

Mon Mar 06 2017

Amazing

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Sun Sep 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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Sun 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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