Camping on the Backbone Trail

The Backbone Trail can provide views of green mountains high above costal fog.

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 campfires/smoking permitted.
  • Danielson Ranch at Point Mugu State Park is a group campground only. Contact California State Parks for reservations at 818-880-0363 or
  • La Jolla Valley Hike-In is 0.5-miles off of the BBT, located in Point Mugu State Park. There is only 3 tent spaces, no water, and no fires. It is $10 per night, and you autopay at the La Jolla/Ray Miller parking area.

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
  • Circle X Ranch has drinking water, pit toilets, and tent spaces. Reserve online at or call 1-877-444-6777. Fee of $35 per night + possible $9 reservation fee. It is 2.1-miles away using the Canyon View Trail.

Last updated: February 25, 2019

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