Backbone trail to Newton and Zuma falls from Kanan Dume Road--4 miles

TWO WATERFALLS IN THE CENTRAL SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS, ABOUT 4 MILES WITH ABOUT 200 FEET LOSS AND GAIN ON THE HIKE

We've been getting rain this week, so maybe we'll get wet!

We'll climb down to the bottom of Newton Falls first, it's a short, maybe tenth of a mile off the BBT, pose for a lot of pictures, then we take the BBT two miles to the north and take a spur trail to Zuma falls. These falls are rocky, multi tiers and you have to keep an eye out for the poison oak.

PHOTOS from last hike here:

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=7399432

Newton Falls--above.  Zuma falls--below

MAP LINK TO PARKING SPOT:

"A" IS PARKING

"B" IS ZUMA FALLS

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.06972,-118.77954&z=13&t=M&marker0=34.07600%2C-118.81557%2C5.6%20km%20SW%20of%20Cornell%20CA&marker1=34.08851%2C-118.83394%2C6.0%20km%20WxSW%20of%20Cornell%20CA

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BRING: all the usual stuff: clothes (sorry...), a hat, at least 2 liters of water, snacks, sunscreen, comfy shoes for some rock climbing.

DOGS: this is a National Park Service property, so dogs on leash are allowed

LEGAL STUFF:  by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:

http://www.meetup.com/terms/

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  • Jennifer B.

    It was an awesome hike! The weather was great and the waterfall was just the right distance to get an enjoyable hike in before reaching it as our reward. It also had just the right amount of trickle on a beautiful sunny day with blue skies. Thank you mother nature. Thanks Rex for planning the itinerary and sharing it with us and thanks Bob for for a great lead at the last minute. Hope to do this one again some time! :-)

    February 10, 2013

  • Jel

    It's a great hike.. Thanks Bob

    January 29, 2013

  • Tracy

    Our hike was wonderful and our guide was a really cool guy. Thanks much :)

    January 29, 2013

  • Araceli

    Thank you Bob for leading us:)
    It was our first time hiking with a group and regardless of the hole drama we enjoyed and had fun:)

    January 27, 2013

  • Courtney

    couldn't find you guys Sorry I missed it

    January 27, 2013

  • julia

    the directions weren't clear, the parking after three tunnel part especially, good thing the hike was running late as did i and saw the people hanging on the parking after the first tunnel. we couldn't find the first fall, and saying you can hear it makes no sense since sound travels differently in nature. i liked that we were a small group and i met some cool people.

    January 27, 2013

  • lilia a.

    We decided to go on our own thinking of an easy site of the waterfalls, nope! Was a bit disappointed.... Hope everyone return safely...

    January 27, 2013

  • Gordon

    I agree what Rasida said. Bob was late and the hike was unorganized.

    January 26, 2013

  • Rashida likes p.

    Meh. There was no obvious leader of the group...groups of 5 to 10 suddenly took off unannounced (well, I didn't hear anything), then other cluster of folks took off, and everyone seemed to do their own thing although I think most stayed in their clusters..but without a clear leader, there was no cohesiveness and I don't blame the guy who turned back. Without a headcount or sense of group, one could easily be left behind (and I pray no one was on the way back!). It was very unorganized compared to other groups I've hiked with. The hike itself was a bit long for the pay off of the water fall which was a relatively small stream down a rock. Just telling it like it was =)

    January 26, 2013

    • Ranger B.

      Rashida, did you konw that the reason why there was no obvious leader of the group is because the leader of the group got sick? And a couple of us did our best to still hold the hike with substitute hike leaders for those that still wanted to go? This was the best we could do at the last minute, and our leader did get sick at the last minute. I for one helped to step in at the last minute. Two weeks ago when I caught a mild case of the flu, I still encouraged people to go, hike, and have fun if you still wanted to go. While we appreciate comments of all kinds, please understand we were trying to make the best of the situation instead of canceling it.

      1 · January 26, 2013

    • Rashida likes p.

      unfortunately no group announcement was made as to why there was no leader (many were asked where the leader was, and no one knew), obviously from logging on I see why and totally understand..however, I also see comments that some were substitute leaders? If that was the case, it was not clear to me or many others there who those substitute leaders were because groups just took off with what appeared to be no clear direction (we met people on the road who had gone the wrong way, people who weren't sure which way to go, etc). Again, totally understand things happen, but just being truthful of the experience. Until this moment, I had no idea there were substitute leaders..go figure.

      January 26, 2013

  • lilia a.

    friendly energetic group

    January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike indeed. Perfect weather, little peak/ summit and a waterfall. Couldn't have asked for more!

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Ranger B.

    For anyone who needs it, my cell is[masked]

    January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. I ll be there!

      January 26, 2013

  • Rex...canyon c.

    Hi, Everyone. I'm sorry, but I've been overtaken by a sudden stomach virus and cannot make it to the hike. For those still going, it is pretty self explanatory. Here is a map: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/7399432/109751342/ You can hear the first waterfall from the trail and so just go about a tenth of a mile down to the water, and 2 miles north on the Backbone trail you can see the Zuma falls. and they are reachable in ten minutes from there. Sorry to bail!

    1 · January 26, 2013

    • Gordon

      Can you provide your cell, please!

      January 26, 2013

    • Gordon

      Thanks Bob!

      January 26, 2013

  • alex

    I'm going to be there. After the rains the water falls should be over flowing. Can't print the map so if someone can print it out just in case. If no one else willing to lead then I shall... The best part about me leading the hike I would tell people who show up..

    January 26, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    Does anyone wanna carpool from near Downtown LA? I live near Lincoln Heights, both the 10 and 101 freeways.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Rashida likes p.

    is parking free??

    January 26, 2013

  • Rex...canyon c.

    if anyone gets lost finding the trailhead, call me at[masked]-0861. If coming via Malibu and PCH, take Kanan-Dume Road north 4.4 miles and park just north of the first tunnel. If taking the 101 freeway, take Kanan road south and just before (north side ) of the 3rd tunnel is the paved parking lot.

    January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going from Culver City? I just need a ride there please :)

    January 24, 2013

    • Ranger B.

      I also live in Palms too. I can be anyones' backup ride who lives in the Palms/Culver area.

      January 25, 2013

    • Jel

      Hi bob it's me again, can I join your carpool?

      January 25, 2013

  • Rex...canyon c.

    Lorie: difficulty is easy on the trails, but a short steep drop to Newton Falls. Getting to Zuma Falls requires climbing up some boulders for a short distance. Also, so far the weather guys say rain is likely early in the morning, not during our hike. If it rains, light rain does not cancel the hike. Also, given my love for doubleheader hikes on weekends, I may post a morning skull rock climb in Pacific Palisades at 10 am from Bienveneda ave/Via Floresta. I'll let you know...

    January 24, 2013

    • Susan

      Hey Rex! I need to be home by 4 pm, so I can't make this afterall. If you end up scheduling the morning hike or make this one earlier then I'd love to join.

      January 25, 2013

  • Susan

    Anyone coming from Santa Monica that I can ride with?

    January 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Bob. I live off of Motor and Palms. May I ride with you guys as well?

      January 24, 2013

    • Susan

      Thank you Bob. I found out that I need to be home by 4 pm, so I won't be able to make this afterall. If Rex ends up planning the morning hike then I'm going to try and make that. Enjoy!

      January 25, 2013

  • Courtney

    how do i get there from Sherman Oaks? or better yet is there an actual address i can plug into Garmin?

    January 24, 2013

    • Rex...canyon c.

      use these gps coordinates: N[masked] W[masked]

      January 24, 2013

    • Rex...canyon c.

      101 freeway west to Kanan Dume Rd south. Park just north of the third tunnel.

      January 24, 2013

  • Lorie

    How would you rate difficulty level? I have a friend who's not a hiker per se...thanks Rex :))

    January 24, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Waterfalls!! I was just gonna sign up for another hike and was wondering if it would rain. So, is this a guitar or no-guitar level of difficulty?

    1 · January 24, 2013

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