Saddle Peak via the Backbone Trail

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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.

8.1 miles 2293 feet 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.

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11 days ago

Love this hike trail

11 days ago

Love this hike trail

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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3 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.

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9 months ago

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

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5 years ago

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.