• Want to stay close to home this weekend and still enjoy a beautiful-great workout-hike in your own backyard? Then join us for this breathtaking 13 mile Out and Back hike in Malibu!
Our hike will take us just under 13 miles roundtrip on a less-traveled but quite beautiful part of the 60-mile Backbone Trail, which runs through the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area from Will Rogers State Park in the east to Point Mugu in the west.
The route begins at Kanan Dume Road and goes southerly a short distance, allowing us to cross over the southernmost tunnel (Tunnel 1) above Kanan Dume Road. We then proceed easterly roughly 4 miles and up 1250 feet, gradually winding our way up and through Latigo Canyon, crossing Latigo Canyon Road, and then ending on a bluff immediately south of Castro Peak with spectacular Pacific views.
The terrain is a mix of single and double-file trail and open fire road. The majority of our out and back hike is wooded and shaded canyon trails, offering periodic glimpses of the Pacific, but the route eventually gives way to open hillsides and ridgelines, and an open area over the Pacific.
We can continue along until we reach Corral Canyon Rd.
Dogs are welcome on the hike.
Strenuous for distance and elevation gain approximately 1700 ft.
Bring water, snacks, hat and sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes. A thermos of hot coffee or cocoa would be delicious if the weather is cold that day!Directions:
Directions: From the 101 – exit at the Kanan Road exit and drive south (toward the ocean) 7.8 miles, going through two of the three tunnels on this road (which changes name to Kanan Dume Road). Turn right into the “Backbone Trail” parking area, just before entering the third tunnel.
From PCH – turn up South Kanan Dume Road. Drive 4.4 miles from PCH, going through one tunnel, and then turn left into the “Backbone Trail” parking area, almost immediately after coming out of the tunnel. Free parking is available at the trailhead.
USD1.00 per person to be collected at the trailhead.
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
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Outdoor sports and other events we plan are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Thousand Oaks Hikers Group and it's organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any The TOaks Hikers Group events, you are releasing the TOaks Hikers Group and it's organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
Responsibility: I am not responsible for you. You are responsible for you. You should be self-sufficient and be able to find your way to safety in the event you find yourself on your own. I will not lead you back to the trailhead if you decide to turn back.
Disclaimer: The organizer and assistant organizers take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking event. Hiking can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By participating in this hike posted on this meetup web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.