• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    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?

Watch the credits a the end of a film and you may discover how often national parks are used by the movie industry.

Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).