Presently, there is no camping outside of designated campgrounds along the trail. Once the trail is complete, a Backbone Trail Backcountry camping plan will be announced for review and public comment. After approval, contracts for building the trail camps will be accepted and trail camps will be built. A permit system for camping will be initiated at that time.
Current trailside campgrounds on the Backbone Trail:
- Musch Trail Camp at Topanga State Park camp has room for 8 tents, has tables, running water and a flush toilet. It is not reservable, and is on a first come, first served basis. Small fee ($7/person/night). No open fires permitted during times of high fire danger.
- Danielson Ranch at Point Mugu State Park is a group campground. Contact California State Parks for reservations at 800-444-7275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current campgrounds that are near the Backbone Trail:
- Malibu Creek State Park campground is 1.5-miles from where the BBT crosses Malibu Canyon. Regular campground with fire ring, water, and bathrooms, nearby. Reserve a camp site up to 6 months in advance at reserveamerica.com.