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Backbone Trail: Musch Camp to Will Rogers Trailhead

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

8.9 mile 14.4 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 642' 196 m
Descent: -1,848' -563 m
High: 2,067' 630 m
Low: 475' 145 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

From the mountains to the sea, this route has amazing views and thrilling singletrack.

Leslie Kehmeier

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Description

From the upper end of the Eagle Springs Fire Road, this section of the Backbone Trail starts at "The Hub". Head uphill towards Eagle Rock, an interesting place to stop and check out the views.

At the top, you’ll stay to the right and head around to the Backbone singletrack, a descent that has plenty of fun and flow, a very playful downhill experience.

As you make your way back to the trailhead, you'll encounter a mix of fast, open ridgeline sections, short sections in the trees, and unlimited views. The vegetation cover changes throughout with everything from chaparral and open meadows to oak woodlands and coastal sage scrub.

Take care near the J-Drop (Josepho Spur Trail) intersection above Chicken Bridges. The trail skirts an exposed sidehill with a sketchy-looking railing before crossing the bridges, one metal and one made of dirt.

The lower part of the descent is swooping and playful, connecting a series of small ridges. Take care with your speed on this section - there will be a lot of users headed uphill from the Will Rogers trailhead.

The route ends just above the polo fields on wide doubletrack lined by large trees.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Aug 2, 2019
Colin Arnott
1.4mi
Apr 13, 2019
Luis Martinez
Dec 27, 2018
John Gump
Feb 28, 2018
Matthew Burr
Oct 21, 2017
Ryan Burke
8.9mi
Jun 13, 2017
Molly Harris
Fairly overgrown which made enjoying the down difficult and increased the technicality of the trail
Dec 9, 2016
Leslie Kehmeier

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  3.7 from 7 votes

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#640

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More fun this direction :) -- watch for blind corners
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
The Backbone Trail from the Hub to Will Rogers is great fun!
May 12, 2017 near Topanga, CA
The Hub at dusk. It looks lonely here, but this is the confluence of several trails and roads in the area and a good place to make new friends. Shade, trash, and restroom available, but no water.
Jun 10, 2017 near Topanga, CA
Good rest stop, halfway up Backbone.
Nov 2, 2017 near Topanga, CA
One of only a few switchbacks on the Backbone Trail
Mar 16, 2014 near Santa M…, CA
Hike-A-Bike to the ridge bridge. Santa Monica Bay, where Sunset Blvd meets the Pacific beyond.
Mar 16, 2014 near Santa M…, CA

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