• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Backbone Trail from Malibu Canyon to Stunt, Scheuren and Saddle Peak Roads

  • Mileage: 6.8 miles
  • Agencies: NPS, Mountains Restoration Trust, Malibu Creek State Park
  • Flora: Chaparral, Streamside, Oak Woodland
  • Human history: You'll see lots of urban encroachment in this area.
  • Cautions: From the parking lot, go inland on Malibu Canyon Road, across the bridge, then cross onto Piuma Road at the signal. Continue on Piuma Road about .3 mile to 26026 Piuma Road. The trailhead will be on your right by the telephone pole. After a short trail walk, you'll re-cross Piuma Road then begin the uphill that will eventually bring the trail out to Stunt Rd. A short walk up that road will bring you to the intersection of Stunt, Scheuren and Saddle Peak Roads.

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.