Hondo Canyon: Backbone Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Topanga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Fantastic Trail! One of the best in LA. Very green. Mostly Forest. Lost of shade. Excellent views, especially on top, of both San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica beaches. Hike starts over a small creek and then it goes up for several miles via narrow forest trail. Lots of vegetation. Hiked this trail in spring, so the grass was tall with many wild flowers, and the weather was perfect 65 degrees. Lots of large lizards. Several snakes in tall grass. Poison Oak all around at the beginning. No dogs or bikers. Passed several large groups of hikers.
Great trail! we hiked out and back an it was 10 miles. watch out for rattlesnakes on the trail!
i hiked this yesterday and it was beautiful! If it hadnt been for the rattlesnake that scared me nearly to death, it would have been perfect. Be aware of what is hiding in the tall green grass.
There's park on the shoulder of Old Topanga Road for about 6 cars. The trailhead is right off the parking area and is easy to locate. The trail immediately crosses a little stream. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow the entire way. The trail is not steep in any place. The 0.7 mile trail extension to the "Overlook" is worth the added time. It was an enjoyable hike, especially when I was treated to a hillside of blooming California Lilac.
Took the trail from Old Topanga Rd., crossed a small stream, crossed 2 meadows with beautiful wild flowers, then entered the forest part of the trail. The views are amazing! The hike sort of ends at a road, so we opted to go an extra 0.7 miles to the overlook.
BEWARE: Poison oak lines the trail in a lot of parts which was a little frustrating. The trail is fine going up, but heading down, its very rocky and I rolled my ankle on more than one occasion, so just be careful.
Free parking, great views
Hot at mid day
Lots of shaded hiking
Strenuous for the less experienced hiker
Mixture of meadows, forest and scrub.
Great view at the top
Cool rock formations
Poorly marked trail head
Well marked trail once found
Parking on side of road no cost
No park amenities