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A long loop with monster climbs and equally big ocean views.


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Map Key

21.5

Miles

34.6

KM

50%

Singletrack

2,073' 632 m

High

94' 29 m

Low

3,257' 993 m

Up

3,254' 992 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.

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Overview

The Big Topanga Loop is a scenic and challenging ride that overlooks Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. Tackle the route in a clockwise direction from the Will Rogers State Park trailhead.

Need to Know

Don't forget to pay for parking at Will Rogers State Park. The initial part of the ride is on Sunset Blvd - follow all road rules.

Description

Start this ride with a warm-up on Sunset Blvd before the big climb on East Topanga Fire Road. Although it’s a grind, you’ll be treated to 360° views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains surrounding LA. Continue straight at the Parker Mesa Overlook and pedal to Eagle Springs Fire Road. Continue on the main doubletrack here to a three-way trail junction.

Take Backbone Trail: Will Rogers Trailhead to Musch Camp (the two-track headed up) toward Eagle Springs 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.

Take care near the J-Drop (Josepho Spur Trail) intersection. The trail skirts an exposed sidehill and crosses a couple of bridges before the lower portion of the descent.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#3

in Santa Monica

#2845

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in Santa Monica

#365

in California

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Backbone Trail to Will Rogers State Historic Park
Jan 18, 2021 near Topanga, CA
The Backbone Trail from the Hub to Will Rogers is great fun!
May 12, 2017 near Topanga, CA
More fun this direction :) -- watch for blind corners
Dec 23, 2015 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
One of only a few switchbacks on the Backbone Trail
Mar 16, 2014 near Santa M…, CA
Good rest stop, halfway up Backbone.
Nov 2, 2017 near Topanga, CA

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