Hike Backbone Trail


Added by Kendall Poe

• Vistas• Diversity of Terrain• Proximity to LA

Backbone (BBT) runs through the Santa Monica mountains for over 60 miles. The elevation rises and falls throughout the trail, reaching its highest point at 3, 111 ft (Sandstone Peak). Depending on desired level of difficulty, hikers can start and drop out at different points. BBT has an amazing diversity of landscape with chaparrals and cactuses to oak forests.

BBT is an amazing, natural oasis JUST outside of the city. Tucked away in the Santa Monica mountains, it completely removes hikers, mountain bikers, bird watchers alike from any sense of urbanity. Works for both the serious hiker and the day-tripper.

The trail starts at Will Rogers State Park, but we camped in an Airstream trailer close to Mulholland Highway, which put us on the back half of the trail. As of right now, there are no campgrounds for BBT, but they are in the works. Parking and rest areas available at regular increments along the trail.

Read More

Know for

Dog Friendly



Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

1 total saves

Rate this Adventure

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Nearby Adventures

Hike to Escondido Falls

3.8 mi

Hike to the Top of Point Dume

1 mi / 100 ft gain

Beach Hike to Paradise Cove From Point Dume

4 mi / 300 ft gain

Rock Climb at Point Dume

More Nearby Adventures