Backbone Trail: Kanan to Corral Canyon + Puerco Canyon Rd. to Malibu Overlook

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24.9 Miles 40.0 Kilometers



4,809' 1,466 m


-4,809' -1,466 m


2,276' 694 m


15' 5 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (17°)


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Killer Backbone trail singletrack to Corral Canyon panorama and descent to the ocean

Chris Sip


The singletrack of the Backbone trail from Kanan to Latigo Canyon and further to Corral Canyon is some of the best around. Flowy sections, fun rock gardens, only a few climbs that might require a dismount.

The Corral Canyon area has a slick rock feel which is interesting riding. If you take the Puerco Motorway all the way down, its wide open fire road, but fantastic views of the ocean. The singletrack near the end is really smooth and a great finish.


This backbone trail is very clearly marked. If you miss signs then you might be off the trail somehow.

The trailhead parking is on the right right before the tunnel on Kanan going south. The first section requires a tough climb on loose rocky trail that is not representative of the rest of this great ride. It probably will require a hike-a-bike unless you are a great climber. After crossing over the tunnel there is a flowy downhill section until you reach a private road crossing. The trail here continues up with a section of downhill and then finally climbing until Latigo Canyon Rd about 2.1 miles from the start.

When you reach Latigo Canyon Rd., cross the street to the other trailhead and look for the singletrack. A short climb then some nice downhill with shade. Next a tough climb on some loose trails takes you up to the Newton Motorway about another 2 miles from Latigo Canyon Rd. Here you descend down the saddle on some technical downhill and into a shady section with lots of flow and rocky creek crossings. Coming out of this is a mild climb and you'll eventually reach an intersection with another fire road. Here continue on and look for the Backbone trail singletrack that takes you all the way to the Corral Canyon trailhead about 4.2 miles from Latigo Canyon Rd. This is a good spot to turn around, explore more of the backbone trail, or take the Puerco Motorway down to the ocean .

If you venture to the ocean on the Puerco Motorway, watch out for a nice section of singletrack that is hidden at the top of a clearing and intersection. Touch the ocean for a nice end of the ride if you have a shuttle or make the grueling climb back up Corral Canyon Rd a little west from here along the PCH.

Climbing Corral Canyon Rd. is really tough, expect over an hour of brutal mashing of the pedals. Bring lots of water or refill somewhere down on the PCH.


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rode backbone 12 years ago was a great ride then hope it's as good as it once was coming this June. Apr 1, 2014

Are you guys going to be around the NCAL area? Better get in touch if so...!! ;) Apr 1, 2014

With the recent acquisition of James Cameron's 703 acres in 2014, the area trails are also land managed by MRCA. Great new legal riding areas with areas to explore. Jul 8, 2015

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