Hondo Canyon: Backbone Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2034 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

Great trail! we hiked out and back an it was 10 miles. watch out for rattlesnakes on the trail!

3 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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.

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