Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Pacific Palisades with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I love this trail and as a local I go at least twice a month. In the summer you should definitely start as early as possible because there is little to no shade. It’s a beautiful view of the ocean with lots of wild flowers along the way. As someone hiking alone occasionally you can walk alone but have someone walk by every couple minutes.

This was a very nice trail. Would rate as easy-moderate. Definitely would suggest exploring each little treasure around during the hike. Adds more time but the graffiti art is very pretty.

Entrance is at the end of a construction road past a yellow gate once you leave the residential area. You’ll walk until you hit a fork- to the left there is a gate entrance and to the right is more paved road. Both loop around & bring you back to the beginning of the fork.
If you want a good butt workout, I would suggest going to the right. The end (left gate entrance) is a long flight of stairs that will definitely tire you out.

This hike is rated hard for a reason! I did the loop only which was clocked at 5.1 miles from the entrance gate. I went up counter clockwise, not sure if that was a good choice or a bad one. Either way is fairly brutal. If you go counter clockwise, you’ll start up the trail which is the most heavily trafficked (and also fairly well covered) right past the “trail” signs. This is a narrow trail which will take you up to the vista about 1.20 miles up. It’s an easy first segment and you can enjoy the awesome view at the top of the ocean and cityscape below. Then it’s on to leg burning time. Continue to head up the wide fire road (this is the right side of the trail on the map) - this is a long strenuous hike up, not extremely steep but it’s constant. Not many people venture this route, so it wasn’t heavily trafficked. I think I lost about 20 lbs in sweat during this segment. Keep going and eventually you will hit the mid point and can continue on straight to make this an “out & back” or go left past the bathrooms onto the “rabbit hole” trail (west side of loop). This trail is no joke, it’s super steep! I had to break off a stick (aka hiking pole) and at times get down on all fours just to get down some of the declines. This is a VERY narrow and very rocky trail, so slipping will occur, be careful. The trail is slightly overgrown so you do have some shade (watch out for snakes). Hike was a good heart pumping workout for sure, but the rabbit hole was a bit unpleasant so not sure I will do the loop again.
Parking is free - there is a small lot near the trail entrance and parking on the street - weekends get crowded.

Great trail, though the last two times I’ve been here, cars have been broken into. If you have anything valuable, lock it and leave it out of view.

Great views of ocean and canyons. Wide paths for hikers and bikes. Trip out is mostly uphill and return trip mostly downhill. No parking at trailhead, need to park on residential street leading to trailhead which can be very limited at times.

hiking
17 days 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.

hiking
18 days ago

There was a short, very steep elevation gain. After that, the rest of the trail has very little elevation. There were lots of bikers!!

So awesome one of the best I've been on has everything for all levels and skills

Great place to hike. Go early in the morning because after 9am it gets packed.

great hike. have to say this is one of my favorite.. no dogs

This is a great hike. Took me 5 1/2 hours to complete, including the walk to and from Sunset to get to the loop. The whole trail is open, but many sections of the Backbone Trail are covered over by tall weeds. I think this will be a regular for me.

Great spot for a hike with a view of the ocean! Easy, short hike up to a large view of the pacific coast from Malibu to marina Del Ray. View of downtown LA. Good for all people. I usually bring friends here when they come to visit. I haven’t checked it out at sunset, but it’s on my list to do. Must see!

Deliciously challenging inclines followed by breathtaking vistas repeated so many times it would be boring if it wasn’t beautiful.

Beginning of trail was cleared but the rest was overgrown.

hiking
25 days ago

Drove here on an overcast Sunday morning at 9am. I had to park about 500 yards below the trailhead as there was a lot of cars already parked (which is no big deal at all, but something to be aware of). The hike itself is beautiful, with some cool views on the canyons and ocean. The hike itself was moderate, with a well kept trail and lots of flora. Not much shade so keep that in kind also. It was also quite busy, but due to the location and the cool weather this morning, that would make sense. I would come back here again for sure, maybe during the week though

mountain biking
25 days ago

A solid climb to the top will make you work especially near the top. Keep an eye out for single track of the side or the road on the way down.

hiking
25 days ago

misty morning was perfect for this hike!

Started 8:45am. Weather misty entire hike. Started clockwise. 5.4 mi in, Will Rogers trail closed (why rated only 3 stars). Tried anyway: Trail completely overgrown, miner landslides, then heard large animal coming my way, so about 50 to 100 steps in turned around and returned way I hiked in. So only 10.5 mi hike. Hike up was beautiful though.

A great hike with beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to get to from LA and easy to park in the nearby residential area. Good for an easy hike with some unique sights and tons of graffiti. Barely any people and good for dogs.

I'm glad I followed others advice and took the loop clockwise. It's always much easier for me going up steep paths than trying to go down. It was steep!
Not a big fan of hiking fire roads, but the views almost all the way were magnificent. It was cloudy so I wasn't able to see too far, but nevertheless what I could see was beautiful.
There's a short single path loop at the end before you turn around and go back, and there were more lizards there than I've seen in one place before.

To start the loop going clockwise, turn left as you enter the gate and go over the cement drainage to catch the path on the other side. At one point not too far after starting the breaks up, but I found it again by continuing straight forward.

hiking
1 month ago

Holly Molly I was dying! LoL for beginners is not completely a place to start because woooo LORT! I was dying lol I didn’t do the stairs down to the Nazi area because I knew my ass wasn’t going to be able to come back up HA! My hubby said it’s an amazing work out he liked very much. I just started the whole hiking thing so maybe in the future I can go back once I’m more in shape. Other then that really cool place to take in the peace and what not

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice walk with the added interest that it was an old Nazi camp. The graffiti kind of adds some humor to the walk. Parking was ok but you have to respectful of the residents as there are lots of No Parking areas. We really enjoyed the day as it was not too hot. I would do this one again.

hiking
1 month ago

Our group did this hike at night. Really beautiful overall, the workout was great. Nothing crazy at night.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hiking, we made the first view really easy and inspirational!

I really enjoyed this hike back when I did it. I wanted a hard hike and I was not disappointed. I started on the western half of the loop and agree that it is challenging. I chose it too because almost no one headed up that way and it made for a bit more solitude. However, I could not tell if the trail was overgrown because it used less or if it is more of a social trail. I hope it is not. Overall the view of the ocean, mountains and city are well worth the hike and effort. The eastern route is heavily traveled by hikers of all skill and variety.There is a pit toilet at the trail junction for the overlook a few miles into the hike.

This is my favorite hike! It is challenging, but rewarding when you get to the top. Oversees the ocean and lots of greenery. The first part of the hike has shade and has more trees and rocks. Once you get to the first view point, the view is beautiful. From there, you can continue up the dirt path. This part has a lot of uphill and very little shade. This is the most difficult part of the hike.

Amazing view on the bay once you get at the top. On your way up, which is non stop steep climbing and a great workout, beautiful view of downtown. One of the best hikes around LA, it’s kind of hard to beat it, indeed I’ve hiked it about 5 times already in the last two years. Not too crowded. Water is a must.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike! Greta views and a nice amount of incline to wake your body up. It’s one of my go too. I prefer going early when it’s quieter and just locals and a few early risers but it’s a great hike regardless.

Parking can be tough but I just think of it as another part of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice hike of moderate difficulty but be aware that on the weekends its almost impossible to find parking unless you come very early. I have had to leave before due to no parking! Otherwise it has pretty pacific coast views, it links up with the los liones canyon hike as well, which is longer and a bit less trafficked

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