5 miles
Distance
1,393 ft
Climb
-746 ft
Descent
00:42:08
Avg time
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Backbone Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Encinal Canyon
    Westlake Village, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #20002 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

The Backbone Trail is a long distance trail extending 67.79 miles[1] (109.10 km) across the length of the Santa Monica Mountains in the U.S. state of California. Its western terminus is Point Mugu State Park and its eastern terminus is Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. The trail is open to hikers throughout its length; dogs, mountain bicyclists and horseback riders are allowed on portions of the trail as posted. Mountain bikes are not permitted in the state park wilderness area in Pt. Mugu State Park.

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More Stats for Backbone Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    647 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,373 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,407 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,375 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,022 ft
  • Grade
    2.36%
  • Grade max
    -63.384%
  • Grade min
    42.926%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    474 ft
  • Avg time
    00:42:08
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Status:
on Mar 19, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      Backbone Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Mar 19, 2019 @ 11:53am
      Mar 19, 2019
      Open now
      Jan 10, 2019 @ 7:24pm
      Jan 10, 2019
      Closed after Woolsey fire.
      Oct 4, 2018 @ 6:50am
      Oct 4, 2018
      Aug 26, 2018 @ 9:26am
      Aug 26, 2018
      Apr 7, 2018 @ 12:47pm
      Apr 7, 2018
      trails in great shape - the hike a bike is actually passable downhill and almost rideable uphill
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 22 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 233 rides
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      Feb 21, 2019 @ 5:07pm
      Feb 21, 2019
      Backbone Trail, Los Angeles
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      Nov 1, 2018 @ 11:33pm
      Nov 1, 2018
      Backbone Trail, Los Angeles
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      Nov 1, 2018 @ 11:32pm
      Nov 1, 2018
      Backbone Trail, Los Angeles
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      Nov 1, 2018 @ 11:25pm
      Nov 1, 2018
      Backbone Trail, Los Angeles

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      Backbone Trail to Encinal Canyon Rd.
      18:09 | 67 | Oct 27, 2018 , Westlake Village
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