Saddle Peak via the Backbone Trail

HARD 40 reviews
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Saddle Peak via the Backbone Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Calabasas, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and rock climbing.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2119 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Saddle peak is the second highest in the Santa Monica mountains, after Sandstone peak. After a moderately difficult climb, you will reach the peak where you will enjoy great views of the LA basin and its surroundings.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with ocean and mountain views at the end! Definitely shouldn’t be rated “hard” though.

hiking
1 month ago

When you get to the address given, drive up the road a couple feet and ther will be a dirt turnout/unmarked parking to your left if you're coming from Las virgenes Rd. We parked there for 4 hours. The hike itself is really beautiful and it's pretty quiet. lots of different views and the rock formations towards the end are so beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Awesome views and rock formations. Check out our video.

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hiking
5 months ago

Though slightly overgrown in some places (as others have said) the trail itself was quite nice (but keep an eye out for poison oak). We arrived early (6:30 am) to beat the heat so the hike up was pleasant even though the elevation gain was no joke. The coolest part of the hike was the rock formations just before getting to the peak, which was pretty underwhelming to be honest. Having hiked Sandstone Peak, it just doesn't compare, which is why I docked it down to four stars. Nice trail and a nice challenge, but the pay off at the end wasn't quite enough.

5 months ago

great views and easy trail. similar looking to San Gabriel mountains area. Do not start after 7am if it's summer, it gets hot hot hot. today was 109 by noon.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike is a good workout with a moderate uphill climb the entire way. The first two miles of the hike is overgrown so I recommend wearing pants since the flowers and weeds have little torns. Enjoy

7 months ago

Really nothing special and in no way deserves a grade of "hard". Wear long pants to protect from spikey plants.

trail running
7 months ago

Set GPS to 25575 Piuma Road and the trailhead is NEXT DOOR!

trail running
7 months ago

Incredible run up the backbone with smoe walking on the steeps. 9.4 miles total. 3000 foot elevation gains with miles of +450-600.

Incredible views going up, with much of the trails VERY overgrown and made visibility below a challange. It's a little more than a mile from the fork in the trail that sends you up to the peak.

Killer rock formations. The view below, crazy good. I'm calling this run #CreekToPeak. Loved it. The drive home sucked though, worse than expected. Oh well. I will upload photos.

hiking
8 months ago

Moderate grade switchbacking trail through California chaparral. Views over the equestrian/rural Santa Monica Mountains and towards Calabasas until the summit, which looks south over the coast and LA basin. Plenty of wildflowers, birds, lizards, and even a couple kingsnakes. I didn't measure, but it felt longer than 8 miles - more like 10+.

Unmarked dirt parking on both sides of Piuma Road about fifty yards west of the trailhead, which is itself just a few yards west of the driveway to 25569 Piuma Road.

hiking
9 months ago

Love this hike trail

9 months ago

Love this hike trail

11 months ago

LOVE this hike. If you can make it up to the top the views are spectacular!

hiking
11 months ago

Very muddy in the rain, but beautiful and more like 11 miles.

hiking
11 months ago

A great, challenging hike with beautiful views. It was cool to travel through different ecosystems as you make you make your way to the top. There's a new bench at the top and the view is out of this world.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Great early morning hike. Lots of cobwebs and views. Might even see some rock climbers too. Great scenery with all the various rock formations.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2011

We did this hike Sunday, Dec 11th. It was cool, probably mid to upper 50s when we started at 8:30am and about 10 degrees warmer when we finished up a few hours later perfect hiking weather. While the elevation gain is about 1800 feet, its fairly gradual. There are a couple of spots on the first portion that are moderately steep, but other than that, the whole hike is pretty consistent. The trail is in great shape. We saw a couple of rabbits and some hummingbirds, but not much else in the way of wildlife. When crossing stunt road, which happens twice, its easy to lose the trail, as the trailhead doesnt begin directly across the road. Youll have to hike along the road for a bit to pick up the trail. Great views from the saddle and from the triangle formation just beyond the saddle.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Great hike - I go pretty quickly and it took about 3-4 hours to do the whole thing. I actually gave up the first time I was here because I couldn't find the trail continuation at the second crossing of Stunt Road. My advice is to cross the street first, then walk uphill to the right. Not too far, but the entrance to the trail is hard to see even from just across the road.

The only downside to this hike is the prevalent noise from the road. It's not unbearable, of course, but you'll hear it. Other than that, great views, great exercise, and pretty sparse crowds when I went (morning).

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