Sandstone Peak via Ranch Overlook Trail to Old Boney Trail to Backbone Trail

HARD 6 reviews

Sandstone Peak via Ranch Overlook Trail to Old Boney Trail to Backbone Trail is a 12.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newbury Park, 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: 12.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,556 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

no shade
over grown
22 days ago

Starts easy, begins to pitch up and switch back once you hit Sycamore Canyon. Trail breaks off from Old Boney Trail and is overgrown and narrow to top of Hill 1918, from there the trail follow a ridge but is really just a massive vertical scramble right up the ridge to the top where the High Cabin Trail comes in from the east. There are about 3 or 4 major sections of up and over to deal with. We're talking root-grabbing, branch ducking, long way down, look out for snakes on every ledge kind of good times. Since it is on sandstone it is pretty easy to get traction on the rocks, some of the slots can be tricky. OBTW, I would not want to attempt a descent on this section. I went back the High Cabin trail. Route around Tri-peak is sketchy as well, overgrown and difficult in spots. Once you get south of Tri-peak its easy hiking to Sandstone (Allen) Peak. Long hike with some difficult pitches but definitely worth the views! High Cabin Trail has a major washout right through the middle but is still preferable over descending the ridgeline.

Monday, May 28, 2018

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