We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Malibu, CA

Spectacular scenery over three ridges in the Santa Monica Mountains.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 24 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 18
  • 3
    Very good
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Best way to work out!

This is not an easy trail to hike, and there were a few times that I didn't think I could get to the top. However, I did! It was so worth it, too! You can see the Pacific, on a... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2017
Angela H
Yardley, Pennsylvania

Similar Things to Do in Malibu

Add Photo Write a Review

24 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 23: English reviews
Yardley, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2017

This is not an easy trail to hike, and there were a few times that I didn't think I could get to the top. However, I did! It was so worth it, too! You can see the Pacific, on a clear day, and it is just so beautiful. There were a few places along the way that I felt the... More 

Thank Angela H
Malibu, California
Level Contributor
180 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2017

A nice hike through a canyon with mild shifting grades, trees for intermittent shade and 2 different areas to park. Can be crowded on weekends and due to location in the canyon varying temperatures that can switch over a period of a few hours. One of several nice hikes in the Malibu area. Enter on Kanan next to tunnel #1

Thank kcslatts
Level Contributor
32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2016

Moderate hike in the beginning might not be suitable for young kids, then easy hike if you continue to Tripeaks or even to Sycamore canyon trail head. good hiking boots highly recommended since lot of rocks on the trail head. From parking lot to the sandstone peak was pretty crowded, I went there on Sunday morning. But pass the peak,... More 

Thank Yan b
Palmdale, California
Level Contributor
129 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Several side trails and fire roads. Some of the trail systems are better than others. Some side trails are open to bikes some are not. The ocean front trails are great with great views up to ventura and down south to malibu. If you are hiking just stay to right on trails also open to bikes as they are not... More 

Thank Kyle B
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

I do not recommend this Trail 4 mountain bikes. A good portion of it is not even open for bikes and you are risking getting a ticket from the Ranger. In addition, you will find yourself carrying your bike uphill for miles and making numerous stops getting off and on the bike over Boulder's. Yes, the views are breathtaking. Next... More 

Thank Sam S
Malibu, California
Level Contributor
58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2016

My friends and I mountain bike the Backbone Trail a couple of times a week and it is a true gem. The trails go for over 60 miles through the hills. During the right time of the year you can see wildflowers, hawks, deer and if you're lucky even a bobcat or possibly a mountain lion (VERY rare). It is... More 

Thank zjmikke
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
219 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2016

Backbone Trail, in Malibu, is one part of a long trial where a hiker can go longer than they had intended to...due to the beautiful views and vistas, the nice areas that are shaded (for summer hikes), and the solitude (during the week)..even from Malibu. It is a good place to hike if you have plans to stay in Malibu... More 

1 Thank Almaz A
Malibu, California
Level Contributor
50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2016

Be sure to check out the different legs of the trail, it runs uninterrupted from Pac. Pali to Ventura. Some parts are shaded, others are not. Some have amazing views and lots of people, other sections more secluded. Bring water and plan your trip with a car at both ends if you want to do a long leg and not... More 

Thank kellyp400
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
108 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2016

We took the Mishe Mokwa trail up to Sandstone Peak and the Backbone Trail back down to the car. It was about 6.5 miles and took about three hours. It's an easy hike that even a novice can accomplish. There is free parking by the trail head off of Yerba Buena road. There are some gorgeous views and some fun... More 

1 Thank KittiQ
Malibu, California
Level Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2015

This trail is beautiful and is definitely a "must do" if you are into hiking. I have hiked the entire 67 mile backbone trail and this is just part of the trail system.

Thank S e

Travelers who viewed Backbone Trail also viewed


Been to Backbone Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Backbone Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?