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 Mark.James@parks.ca.gov.
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 www.reservecalifornia.com.
- Circle X Ranch has drinking water, pit toilets, and tent spaces. Reserve online at www.recreation.gov 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.