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A loop with the best trails in the area, and some of the greatest trailside views in California.


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Map Key

15.4

Miles

24.7

KM

65%

Singletrack

1,241' 378 m

High

23' 7 m

Low

2,070' 631 m

Up

2,070' 631 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

A combination of the best singletrack in the area, starting from Point Mugu State Park off the PCH.

Need to Know

You gotta pay to park.

Description

The Overlook Trail is a doubletrack/fire road off of Sycamore Canyon Fire Road. Start by climbing up that. It's long and pretty mellow with amazing views. Once you get to the intersection, stay straight onto the Guadalasca Trail. This is a short climb and a long, fun descent that is flowy and has some switchbacks. At the end, stay right on the Wood Canyon Fire Road doubletrack for a little ways until you get to Hell Hill, which will be your first right.

Hell Hill is a wide fire road that is very steep. It's only 0.7 miles, so it's manageable. This takes you back up to the same intersection where the Guadalasca Trail began. Stay left onto the Overlook Trail for a second until you see the Backbone Trail on your left. Bombs away. Then you'll be back on the Sycamore Canyon Fire Road.

Stay right and stay on the road until you get back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Greg Healy with improvements by Trent McNamara

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 44 votes

#390

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Photos

Backbone Trail downhill (Sycamore Canyon).
Jul 19, 2019 near Camarillo, CA
Mild climbing
Aug 5, 2020 near Camarillo, CA
Summit at Sin Nombre Trail (aka Backbone).
Aug 18, 2016 near Camarillo, CA
A group enjoys their climb in Point Mugu State Park.
Jan 31, 2017 near Camarillo, CA
Backbone DH Overlook offers gorgeous wildflowers and greenery.
Mar 15, 2017 near Camarillo, CA
Looking towards Sycamore Canyon Fireroad.
Feb 25, 2016 near Camarillo, CA
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Check-Ins

Dec 10, 2023
Mik Serfontein
Mar 23, 2022
Octavio Clarin
Jan 19, 2022
Erik Thunstrom
Jan 17, 2022
Derek W
Sep 3, 2021
B P
Aug 26, 2021
Marc Mandel
Really fun singletrack downhill. Uphill is nice and mellow with exception of hell hill which is tough after 10 miles but definitely worth it. 16.5mi — 3h 00m
Jul 22, 2021
Trent McNamara
First ride on the Niner 9mi — 1h 15m
Jan 18, 2021
Sydney Aveson
15.5mi — 3h 03m
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