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Recommended Routes in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 13

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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 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 Clearing a steep rock step on the Backbone Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Backbone Trail - Puerco Canyon Road Loop

26.0 mi 41.9 km 4,251' Up 1295.61 m Up 4,249' Down 1295.16 m Down

Malibu, CA
Favorite Zuma Ridge.
Intermediate/Difficult

Zuma Loop

13.2 mi 21.2 km 2,760' Up 841.17 m Up 2,757' Down 840.46 m Down

Malibu, CA
Favorite Corral Canyon rock formations
Intermediate/Difficult

Crags-Bulldog-Mesa Peak

14.6 mi 23.5 km 2,667' Up 812.85 m Up 2,657' Down 809.83 m Down

Malibu…, CA
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate/Difficult

Backbone Trail: Zuma Ridge to Encincal

2.4 mi 3.9 km 345' Up 105.29 m Up 685' Down 208.66 m Down

Thousan…, CA
Favorite Rock outcroppings hidden from view unless you're up on this trail...so get out there!
Intermediate

Backbone Trail: Yerba Buena Section

4.7 mi 7.5 km 483' Up 147.17 m Up 443' Down 134.91 m Down

Thousan…, CA
Favorite Modelo Trail Cheeseboro Canyon
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
Favorite Cheney Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

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 Clearing a steep rock step on the Backbone Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Corral Canyon Out and Back

12.3 mi 19.8 km 2,095' Up 638.66 m Up 2,095' Down 638.45 m Down

Malibu, 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 Mild climbing
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 2/18/17 - Riding after the heavy rains led to probably 50+ water crossings in 4 miles of climbing.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sullivan Canyon to Sullivan Ridge Loop

8.9 mi 14.3 km 1,440' Up 438.97 m Up 1,438' Down 438.45 m Down

Santa M…, CA

Santa Monica Mountains NRA Biking

  • 375 Miles 604 Kilometers of Trail
  • 13 Recommended Routes
  • 13 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 80 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 26 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 106

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11.4 mi 18.4 km #1New Millennium Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Agoura, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Agoura, CA 29 
3.6 mi 5.8 km #2Las Virgines Trail - Downhill Segment
Intermediate/Difficult
Agoura, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Agoura, CA 16 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #3North Grasslands Trail
Easy
Agoura, CA
Easy
Agoura, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #4Bark Park Trail
Intermediate
Agoura, CA
Intermediate
Agoura, CA
3.1 mi 4.9 km #5Las Viregenes Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Agoura, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Agoura, CA
5.4 mi 8.7 km #6Backbone Trail: Corral Canyon Trailhead to Tapia Trailhead
Difficult
Agoura Hills, CA
Difficult
Agoura Hills, CA
3.5 mi 5.6 km #7Bulldog Motorway
Difficult
Agoura, CA
Difficult
Agoura, CA
1.0 mi 1.7 km #8Tapia Spur Trail
Intermediate
Malibu Beach, CA
Intermediate
Malibu Beach, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #9Castro Peak Motorway
Intermediate
Agoura Hills, CA
Intermediate
Agoura Hills, CA
3.5 mi 5.6 km #10Crags Road
Intermediate
Agoura, CA
Intermediate
Agoura, CA

Photos of Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 235

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Downhill to the beach!
Dec 25, 2013 near Malibu…, CA
Clearing a steep rock step on the Backbone Trail
Oct 21, 2015 near Agoura…, CA
The sign said "CAUTION Steep Switchbacks". It wasn't kidding.
Dec 14, 2015 near Hidden…, CA
More fun this direction :) -- watch for blind corners
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
Jump into the ocean!!
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
View near the top.
Jan 20, 2016 near Oak Park, CA
The Backbone Trail from the Hub to Will Rogers is great fun!
May 12, 2017 near Topanga, CA
Backbone Trail to Will Rogers State Historic Park
Jan 18, 2021 near Topanga, CA