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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

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  • Water Shut Off, Solstice Canyon 4/15/2014

    4/15/2014: The water will be shut off at Solstice Canyon all day. This will affect the water fountain and hand-washing stations at the restrooms.

Backbone Trail from Circle X Sandstone Peak Parking Lot (mile marker 6.37 on Yerba Buena Rd.) to Yerba Buena Rd (mile marker 9.10)

  • Mileage: 5.5 miles
  • Agencies: NPS
  • Flora: Chaparral and meadows.
  • History: Circle X was formerly a boy scout camp run by the Los Angeles Exchange Club, a business men's club with the symbol of a circle and an x, thus the name Circle X.
  • Cautions: Use the connector from the Sandstone Peak parking area to the Mishe Mokwa trail parking on Yerba Buena Rd (mile marker 7.0). Cross Yerba Buena Rd to the larger parking lot. The trail continues at the lower portion of the parking lot. This section of the trail is a multi-use trail and is open to all users. Bikes yield to hikers & horses, hikers yield to horses. The trail ends at Yerba Buena Rd (mile marker 9.10).

There is an interruption of the Backbone Trail from Yerba Buena Road mile marker 9.10 until you reach Mulholland Highway. The last half of the interrupted section has been constructed and is open from Mulholland, but there is no easement for the section across the Etz Meloy motorway. Do not cross this section. Sensitive negotiations on this easement are taking place now.


Did You Know?

Franklin Canyon is a great place for natural and city views.

At the geographical center of Los Angeles is a national park site. At Franklin Canyon Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, you can see cityscapes and natural views. The recreation area extendes in an east-west direction running through the heart of the city.