Ray Miller Backbone Trail

MODERATE 142 reviews
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Ray Miller Backbone Trail is a 5.1 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.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1049 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful views, beautiful wildflowers. No shade - bring sunscreen!

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail. Hiked while camping at Thronhill Brome beach. Early morning the trial was empty, marine layer kept temps cool and stellar views and wildflowers. Moderate incline the whole trail very pleasant to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Biggest lizards I’ve ever seen on a trail! Views are amazing, be prepared for switchback hell

1 month ago

Great hike. Not too hard and gorgeous views. No shade so glad I did it before summer.

2 months ago

Fantastic trail. Gradual incline to the top. Very easy hike. Stunning views of the ocean throughout the entire hike. Ocean breeze and sounds and sight of the ocean all the way to the top of the mountain. This hike will not disappoint!!!

3 months ago

The best

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly easy trail with great views.

5 months ago

Berry Good

8 months ago

Just gorgeous

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

9 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.

10 months ago

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

10 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.

hiking
11 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!

11 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.

hiking
11 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

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

the best.

11 months ago

Great views, beautiful flowers and a great workout!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Love it. This is a gem.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

Friday, June 02, 2017

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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Nice view !!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

One of the best!

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Awesome views of the ocean, the PCH as well as a great mountain view in the distance. From the top you get a great overlook of the PCH and can see Point Mugu rock from a great distance.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Oh my goodness, this was spectacular! Hills are abloom!

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