McAuley Peak 2049 Backbone Trail Piuma Trailhead Mesa Peak Motorway Milt McAuley hike Malibu California
Existing without an official name until 2015, McAuley Peak was already a convenient destination along the Backbone Trail, hosting a distinct rock formation and panoramic views over the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The name - honoring conservationist, author, and literal trailblazer Milt McAuley - adds even more heft to the peak. This hike to the 2,049-foot crown of McAuley Peak... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: September 10, 2019
Temescal Ridge Trail Hub Junction Temescal Peak Reseda Boulevard Hike Santa Monica Mountains Topanga State Park Dirt Mulholland Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park
Reseda Boulevard gives hikers in the San Fernando Valley easy access to Topanga State Park and other areas of the Santa Monica Mountains. From the top of Reseda Boulevard, it is just 0.2 miles up to an unpaved stretch of Mulholland Drive (called Dirt Mulholland) that runs east and west across the range, connecting to lots of other trails, including nearby Temescal Ridge Trail. Enjoy nice... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: September 9, 2019
Mesa Peak hike Backbone Trail Mesa Peak Motorway hike Corral Canyon Road ocean view summit Malibu California Corral Canyon Cave Jim Morrison Cave
It is pretty unusual to hike to a peak from a trailhead at a higher elevation. In the case of Mesa Peak, the lofty trailhead along Corral Canyon Road treats hikers to summit-worthy views right from the get-go. While the elevation profile is atypical, the hike along Mesa Peak Motorway to Mesa Peak in Malibu is quite enjoyable. Ocean overlooks appear all along the wide dirt road, which also... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: September 9, 2019
Mesa Peak hike Backbone Trail Piuma Trailhead Malibu Creek State Park hike Tapia Park ocean view summit Malibu California
A mesa is defined as a flat-topped hill with steep sides. A peak is defined as the pointed top of a mountain. Put these contradictions together and you get a subtle summit with substantial ocean views. This short perch on a mesa-like ridge behind Pepperdine University in Malibu delivers panoramic views over the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The hike to Mesa Peak up the steep sides... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 14, 2018
Rustic Canyon Trail Will Rogers State Historic Park Los Angeles Brentwood Pacific Palisades Murphy Ranch Nazi sympathizer ruins hike
Next to Will Rogers State Historic Park is a shady canyon with a shady past. The ruins of Murphy Ranch, a compound built by Nazi sympathizers in the 1930s have been left behind to decay in Rustic Canyon. For adventuresome hikers, a trail enters Rustic Canyon from the east side of Will Rogers SHP. Beyond the end of the trail is a long unmaintained path up an overgrown canyon to the ruins. ... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: February 8, 2018
Point Mugu State Park La Jolla Canyon Ray Miller Trail Mugu Peak Trail valley loop hike Malibu California Pacific Ocean Views
Point Mugu State Park protects 15,000 acres of rustic wilderness on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains between Oxnard and Malibu. More than 70 miles of trails explore this sprawling park, leaving hikers with options. An excellent way to experience Point Mugu State Park is to set out on a daunting and rewarding 11.75-mile loop. Start at the mouth of La Jolla Canyon just across... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: October 8, 2020
Upper Solstice Canyon Trail Malibu Castro Crest from Corral Canyon Road through Upper Solstice Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains
Between Corral Canyon Road and Castro Crest, the Backbone Trail passes though a remote segment of the Santa Monica Mountains know as Upper Solstice Canyon. While it is possible to feel quite removed at the bottom of this trail, the high ridges on both ends provide such sweeping views as to immediately restore your sense of place. From Corral Canyon Road to Castro Crest is 5.5 miles round... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 7, 2018
Castro Crest from Latigo Canyon Road Malibu hike Castro Crest Backbone Trail Santa Monica Mountains
Castro Crest is located 1.4 miles from Latigo Canyon Road up a pleasant section of the Backbone Trail. The crest offers excellent views over Malibu's Santa Monica Mountains, with the option to continue another half-mile up Castro Peak. The summit may not be reached however, as it is privately owned and extremely closed to the public. Another popular extension is to continue on the Backbone... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 2, 2017
Saddle Peak Hike Malibu California Ocean View Trail
At a saddle in the Santa Monica Mountains 2,375 feet above the Pacific Ocean and three miles from the coast, the Backbone Trail crosses Stunt Road, creating a high trailhead for nearby destinations like Saddle Peak. The 2-mile round trip hike to the summit climbs just 450 feet but offers fantastic views of Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains. A spring bloom of gazanias (invasive) along... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backbone Trail · Free Trails · Malibu · Ocean Views · Summits · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 450 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2017
Stunt High Trail to Saddle Peak Santa Monica Mountains Saddle Peak Hike Stunt High Road
Stunt High Trail begins with a gentle walk along Cold Creek, and then ascends through meadows and chaparral up the northern slope of Saddle Peak to offer great views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Stunt High Trail ends at a road, 2.17 miles from the start, which is a rather anti-climactic high point. From there, pick up the Backbone Trail and hike to the top of Saddle Peak, the sixth... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backbone Trail · Free Trails · Malibu · Summits · Wildflowers · Dog-Friendly Trails · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 8.2 miles · Elevation change: 1675 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 12, 2018

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