The National Park Service Visitor Center in Calabasas has many of the tools you will need for hiking the BBT. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area map and brochure includes the Backbone Trail itself and shows roads and parking throughout the area. The Backbone Trail map shows roads, trailheads, water, and bathrooms along the trail. It also shows which areas of the trail are open for mountain bikers and which areas of the trail you can have your dog with you.
Maps and Information for the Backbone Trail
Download the Backbone Trail Map and Brochure
For detailed topographic information, purchase the four Tom Harrison maps:
The Trails Illustrated Santa Monica Mountains Map is less detailed, but covers the entire Santa Monica Mountains in one map (half on each side). The Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center has all of these maps.
Last updated: January 25, 2017