Ray Miller Backbone Trail

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Point Mugu State Park

Ray Miller Backbone Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily 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: 1,049 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
over grown
2 days ago

I would recommend this is people are looking for a scenic hike, however, it is long and curvy with no shade. So I suggest to bring a big water, sunscreen, and go when the sun isn’t on its highest peak. The view at the stop shows two sides, with one being the clear blues of the ocean and the other the curvy terrain of the mountains!

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

Wonderful trail with ocean views. Parking lot and tails is open again since this week. Hiked today on 5/27 and it was not overgrown at all. Hiked until the fire road. Watch out for snakes though, saw some black ones on the side of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views with a little mud.

running
no shade
3 months ago

Short distance, a somewhat moderate grade, very little technical features and nice ocean views make Ray Miller Trail an excellent entry level trail run or fast hike. It will get you out of the road running mindset in the first half mile. If the 2.5'ish miles up is too short for you, there are a myriad of trails in the state park that you can connect to. You can quite literally run to Santa Monica if you wanted to. Things to note. The trail is probably technically considered singletrack, but you can pass hikers or other runners with room to spare. There is usually no overgrowth on the trail. Most of the trail is hardpack, or sometimes loose over hard in late summer and falll. You can run it in road shoes, but trail runners would certainly be better. Watch your step for rattlesnakes, particularly in the spring mornings as the snakes are active and sunning themselves frequently on the trail. In the summer and fall they become more nocturnal. If running or hiking at night, watch you don't step on the various critters such as toads, treefrogs, snakes and tarantulas. Bobcats are plentiful in this section of the park, as well as coyotes. We also have mountain lions. While they usually do not mess with us humans, they CAN hurt you if they wanted to. Treat them with respect. No mountains bikes. This is clearly posted. Don't be that guy or gal making other riders look bad. There is plenty of singletrack in the park for you to shred trust me.

3 months ago

Beautiful views throughout the trail. Just watch out for snakes. I saw two rattlesnakes in the late afternoon.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Enjoy this hike so much because every time I hike it, it never gets old and it’s very breathtaking!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Very peaceful hike and a lot of climbing, but fairly easy .

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Breathtaking! The ocean to one side and the mountains to the other. I extended this trail a bit by turning right at the end and meandering along a bit, then turned around. On the way back I detoured up the rest of the mountain before reconnecting with the ray miller trail. Great steady workout and tons of amazing vistas. Enjoy!

hiking
closed
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Another marvelous hike at the Ray Miller Trail

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Malibu Mountains. Clearly defined trail and clean. Lots of birds and flowers. Highly recommend!

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

I enjoyed this hike. No shade so plan on coming early or later in the afternoon. Overcast days are also a good day to go. But if its sunny wear a hat and sunscreen. Beautiful views of the ocean and Channel Islands as long as there is no marine layer. Definitely kid friendly. The trail is well maintained. Can also be used for trail running. No dogs allowed on this trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great trail for anyone new to hiking and looking to take the next step. It’s a very gentle ascent and gives you great views. Easy to follow the trail and not many rocks or roots on the path. Overall a fantastic trail I would highly recommend it.

running
6 months ago

This is one of the best and toughest trails for running. ENJOY the views but do not get too lost in them while you are in motion or you may fall... be careful on the way down too and properly communicate with people along the trail. Its the kind thing to do. Also, I have started to see some folks bring their dogs along.. leash or not.. please be careful and mindful of others. It can get dangerous on this trail so follow the trail rules. As their website says, violators will pay a costly and hefty fine. Stay hydrated and enjoy this beautiful trail. Kindly

running
no shade
6 months ago

Nice lil trail run. Well maintained. Steep.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail, one of my favorite trails to date!! Really enjoyed the views, great coastal views and mountain sights!! Elevation was very steady and not difficult at all! And I loved that there was plenty of parking, just have to pay the parking fee by hour or for the whole day at $8. Next time I will connect to the Overlook trail in Sycamore and continue to explore. Definitely looking forward to doing this again!

running
bugs
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Water Spigot at the beginning of the trail head, but then none anywhere else. Relatively moderate climb to overlook and then all downhill. Views are absolutely breath taking . Careful for some little holes and big rocks, but nonetheless a great hike for even the beginners.

running
8 months ago

Went about 0930 and had some shady spots on the west side of the hills. It’s a nice easy climb for the most part with views of the PCH and ocean. The ocean breezes were welcomed. Parked near trailhead ($3/hr or $8 all day) and no cell service in parking lot. Couldn’t started my lifeline, but handful of people on the trail if I needed anything. Hands down, great trail run!

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Nice trail. Steady climb. Trail is in good shape with limited rocks. no bikes or dogs but many trail runners. report of a rattlesnake near the top but didn't see anything.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Nice steady climb. Trail is in good condition with limited rocks. Had a report of a rattlesnake but didn't see anything. Lots of trail runners but no bikes or dogs.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

running
9 months ago

This is a great spot. It’s like the setting on the treadmill for a mtn incline with switchbacks. You can go all the way back to guadalasca trail and wood canyon. Great ocean vistas. Watch out for snakes. Open trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Weekday Trail Blazers. In & out...approx 6 miles. Overcast, warm, beautiful sights. Unobstructed views

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