Backbone Trail and River Canyon Loop is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

hiking
2 months ago

Parking is 12$ cash or card. The backbone trail condition is fine but has some really tall grass. Need to listen and watch out for a bunch of mtb folks without trail bells. The left turn on the Ridgeline trail is findable but is basically just a bunch of bushwacking, hunched down, scratching plants and trees overhead. We turned back.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun 7 mile loop through scenic Will Rogers State Park. The backbone trail on the way up is not well maintained which required a bit of foraging through the brush at the top. There was quite a bit of poison oak in the shade so be very careful. The left turn to start back down the other trail is very tough to find and poorly marked, we had to use our GPS to backtrack as we initially missed the left turn off the Backbone trail. The trail back down was difficult to follow and had some hairy incline. Hiking shoes are a must. We completed the hike in approximately 3.5 hours.

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