WHAT – The Backbone Trail (BBT) Program is an interpretive hike not a fitness hike. It is led by experienced National Park Service volunteers. The trail stretches from Pt. Mugu to Will Rogers State Historic Park covering 65 miles, about 25,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, and all types of terrain. The BBT Program has 8 segments with average hikes of 8.5 miles and 3,200 feet of elevation gain and loss. Significant vehicle shuttling is involved to avoid "in and back" hikes.
WHEN – The 8 segment hikes occur on the 2nd and 4th Saturday (not every other Saturday) beginning in January. Additionally, allow for 2 hikes on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in May in case we have to postpone hikes for whatever reason. All hikes stage at 8AM. Allow 7 hours for each hike before returning to your car. Attendance is required at a Hiker Orientation the morning of the fourth Saturday in October. It will provide you with specifics on the trail, logistics, gear, leaders, etc.