Saddle Peak via the Backbone Trail

HARD 33 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
2293 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
24 days ago

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

https://youtu.be/0K3uj5-3eZU

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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
2 months ago

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hiking
3 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

3 months ago

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

trail running
3 months ago

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

trail running
3 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Love this hike trail

5 months ago

Love this hike trail

hiking
5 months ago

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7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

hiking
7 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.