We'll hike a segment of the famous Backbone Trail from Corral Canyon in Malibu eastward to a picnic table on Mesa Peak with ocean views for the entire hike. There are marvelous views on this hike from beginning to end, including Point Dume, the Channel Islands, Saddle Peak, and Calabasas Peak. There is also a rock that looks like an elephant and caves where Jim Morrison of the Doors used to hang out next to a spiral maze, a small oak forest, and more!
Remember, no matter how hot it is where you live, this is oceanside and it will be more comfortable, likely with an ocean breeze.
Please bring food/drink to share at the picnic table, and remember to pack out your garbage when done.
My policy is to wait 10 mins or LESS for stragglers, so please leave plenty of time to get there.
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1400'
Dogs: Please no
Restrooms: The great outdoors
Water: Bring adequate water
Parking: Free in small, gravel lot (see directions)
Trail: Fire road, excellent condition
Sunset: 8:02 pm
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall.
Directions: From PCH get on Corral Canyon (between Kanan and Malibu Cyn Roads). Corral is twisty-turny and you'll be on it for a while all the way to the top, where you'll find a free gravel parking lot. Make sure you continue on the paved road until it becomes Unpaved, then a tiny distance to the parking lot. Be sure to check out the map in advance, NEVER trust your GPS.
A few more pictures below, or you can see all of my pictures of this hike HERE (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204295225959805.1073741894.1203427940&type=1&l=17d35c5044)
Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its 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. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.
The first time I saw this spiral maze there was a pink bra and a chocolate chip cookie in the center:
You think I'm lying about that???