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 covers 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. The only fee is when using several California State Parks parking lots.
WHEN – The hike’s 8 segments occur on the 2nd and 4th Saturday (not every other Saturday) of each month 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 and last no more than 7 hours before returning to your car. Attendance is required at a Hiker Orientation the morning of the fourth Saturday in October.