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Backbone Trail: Musch Camp to Will Rogers Trailhead

 3.8 (5)

8.9 Miles 14.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

642' 196 m

Ascent

-1,848' -563 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

2,067' 630 m

High

475' 145 m

Low

Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

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

Leslie Kehmeier

Dogs Unknown

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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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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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  3.8 from 5 votes

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  3.8 from 5 votes
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#518

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#7,260

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