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The famed Backbone Trail will carry us through Hondo Canyon and up toward Saddle Peak, with the emphasis on up. This is a workout, but well worth the effort, as we pass a stream, unique pink rock formations, rock pools, and perhaps a waterfall on our way to sweeping views of the ocean and San Fernando Valley. Along the way, we straddle a deep gorge carved through a pink portion of the Sespe Formation. Near the top, stay alert for shell fossils in the rocks, reminders of when the Santa Monicas lay on the ocean floor.
The first part of the trail is exposed, then we'll find cover in groves of oaks and California Bays. The hike is an out and back, 4.3 miles each way, rising gently to 1605 feet. If the group is feeling frisky, there's an option to add a mile and a half and 600' to the Topanga fire outlook.
Take the 101 freeway to Topanga Canyon Blvd. Head south 5 miles or so to the intersection with Old Topanga Canyon Road. You will be right in the middle of the Topanga commercial area (next to the Inn of the Seventh Ray restaurant) . Turn right on Old Topanga. Go 1/4 mile to the trailhead.
The trailhead is on the left hand side. It's not very clearly marked but there is parking on the dirt there.
Traffic can move slowly along Topanga Canyon in the morning, so give yourself enough time- more than you think you'll need.
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The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.
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