Ray Miller Backbone Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews
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Ray Miller Backbone Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.4 miles
1049 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

28 days ago

Fairly easy trail with great views.

1 month ago

Berry Good

4 months ago

Just gorgeous

Awesome training ascent with the best sunset views! Not as crowded as Chumash Trail!

5 months ago

Great hike with a nice cool breeze off the ocean.

Great hike. I didn't go all the way because I wanted to make it back to my car before my parking ticket expired. But great spots to over look the ocean.

6 months ago

Kiana is so right about the need for insect repellent and long pants. Lots of people on the narrow trail (hiked Saturday).

6 months ago

nice hike! love the beach views all the way. recommendations: long pants due to overgrowth and bug spray for all the mosquitos that are in the parking area.

7 months ago

Hiked another couple miles (to the left when the trail forks) to a bit past the water towers. Great hike during the summer with amazing views!

7 months ago

Love this trail. Have hiked it several times. Today was the most overgrown I have ever seen it. Still in really good condition. Still has some pretty yellow flowers. Can't beat the views.

7 months ago

good hike with a nice view! some people might prefer to wear some pants along the trail since there is decent knee high over growth that can get irritating

7 months ago

Be careful of corrosion. I slid off the trail. luckily, there is a lot of brush.

7 months ago

the best.

7 months ago

Great views, beautiful flowers and a great workout!

7 months ago

Love it. This is a gem.

8 months ago

It was a nice hike.We wanted to start from La Jolla Trail (east side) but it had a sign it was closed. So we went from Ray Miller Trail (counter clockwide) of the loop. Wild flowers were blooming everywhere. It was not a clear sky day, but the mist air(marine layer) was coming in and gave such an exceptional view to the area. When we continued on Backbone Overlook - Fire Road trail to Cycamore Canyon Vista Backbone Trail start point, there were many mountain bikers.

The most beautiful Trail I've ever hiked due to California's Superbloom of wildflowers. I would have given it five stars if it was a loop. Stunning.

9 months ago

Nice views however the mustard seed plants have overtaken 5/19/17. Need a machete to pass thru.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail by the ocean, we went in time to see all the wildflowers in bloom.

10 months ago

Gorgeous Views, refreshing ocean breezes & wildflowers. what more can you hope for.

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