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230 mi 370 km of trail 16 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 24 Trails Intermediate Trails 77 Trails Hard Trails 10 Trails
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Favorite One of only a few switchbacks on the Backbone Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Backbone Trail: Will Rogers to Temescal Ridge

14.2 mi 22.8 km 1,953' Up 595.27 m Up 1,970' Down 600.39 m Down

Santa M…, CA
Favorite The Backbone trail at Etz Meloy
Intermediate

Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon

10.2 mi 16.4 km 1,177' Up 358.71 m Up 1,177' Down 358.72 m Down

Thousan…, CA
Favorite 2/18/17 - Riding after the heavy rains led to probably 50+ water crossings in 4 miles of climbing.
Intermediate

Sullivan Canyon - Westridge Singletrack Loop

11.6 mi 18.6 km 1,634' Up 498.16 m Up 1,627' Down 495.96 m Down

Santa M…, CA
Favorite Backbone DH Overlook offers gorgeous wildflowers and greenery.
Intermediate/Difficult

Point Mugu Loop

15.4 mi 24.7 km 2,070' Up 631.02 m Up 2,070' Down 630.96 m Down

Camarillo, CA
Favorite About to go down the switches
Intermediate/Difficult

New Millennium Trail + Las Virgenes Downhill

17.2 mi 27.7 km 2,558' Up 779.81 m Up 2,568' Down 782.63 m Down

Agoura, CA
Favorite View near the top.
Difficult

Dead Cow/Suicide Loop

4.1 mi 6.6 km 1,126' Up 343.27 m Up 1,126' Down 343.17 m Down

Oak Park, CA
Favorite Cheney Trail
Intermediate

Topanga Creek Outpost Loop

10.7 mi 17.3 km 1,382' Up 421.1 m Up 1,382' Down 421.23 m Down

Topanga, CA
Favorite Bombs away! (with caution).
Intermediate/Difficult

Cheeseboro Loop

13.0 mi 20.9 km 1,514' Up 461.46 m Up 1,514' Down 461.44 m Down

Agoura, CA

Trails in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 95

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1.7 mi 2.7 km #1Suicide
Difficult
Oak Park, CA
Difficult
Oak Park, CA 16 
4.4 mi 7.0 km #2Sullivan Canyon
Intermediate
Topanga, CA
Intermediate
Topanga, CA 22 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #3Backbone Trail (Wood Canyon Vista Trail)
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA 17 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #4Sin Nombre Trail
Intermediate
Casa Conejo, CA
Intermediate
Casa Conejo, CA 15 
3.1 mi 4.9 km #5Sheep Corral Trail
Difficult
Oak Park, CA
Difficult
Oak Park, CA 15 
4.0 mi 6.4 km #6Guadalasca Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA 17 
6.3 mi 10.2 km #7Backbone Trail: Kanan to Corral Canyon
Intermediate/Difficult
Malibu, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Malibu, CA 12 
8.4 mi 13.5 km #8Sycamore Canyon Fire Road
Intermediate
Camarillo, CA
Intermediate
Camarillo, CA 23 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #9Cheeseboro Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Agoura, CA
Intermediate
Agoura, CA 14 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #10Dead Cow
Intermediate/Difficult
Oak Park, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Oak Park, CA
4.8 mi 7.7 km #11East Topanga Fire Road
Intermediate
Topanga, CA
Intermediate
Topanga, CA 12 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #12U-Capa Trail
Intermediate
Woodland Hills, CA
Intermediate
Woodland Hills, CA
4.3 mi 6.9 km #13Canyon Back Trail
Intermediate
Sherman Oaks, CA
Intermediate
Sherman Oaks, CA 12 
2.5 mi 4.1 km #14Backbone Trail: Newton Canyon Trailhead to Zuma Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Malibu, CA
Intermediate
Malibu, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #15Hastain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Beverly Hills, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Beverly Hills, CA
5.7 mi 9.2 km #16Sullivan Fire Road
Intermediate
Santa Monica, CA
Intermediate
Santa Monica, CA 15 
4.7 mi 7.5 km #17Backbone Trail: Etz Meloy to Triunfo Pass (Yerba Buena Rd.)
Intermediate
Thousand Oaks, CA
Intermediate
Thousand Oaks, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km #18Parker Mesa Overlook
Easy/Intermediate
Topanga, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Topanga, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #19Backbone Trail: Etz Meloy Bypass
Difficult
Thousand Oaks, CA
Difficult
Thousand Oaks, CA
11.4 mi 18.4 km #20New Millennium Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Agoura, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Agoura, CA 22 

Photos of Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 194

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More fun this direction :) -- watch for blind corners
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
Downhill to the beach!
Dec 25, 2013 near Malibu…, CA
The Backbone Trail from the Hub to Will Rogers is great fun!
May 12, 2017 near Topanga, CA
Jump into the ocean!!
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
The sign said "CAUTION Steep Switchbacks". It wasn't kidding.
Dec 14, 2015 near Hidden…, CA
Clearing a steep rock step on the Backbone Trail
Oct 21, 2015 near Agoura…, CA
View near the top.
Jan 20, 2016 near Oak Park, CA
Trying the new GoPro Hero4 Session on the Sullivan Canyon singletrack.
Dec 14, 2015 near Topanga, CA