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PM Blaze: Kanan Dume to Zuma Ridge! (Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike)

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Hello Blazer!

I'm back from my summer Sierra trek and ready for this popular PM Blazer route.

This is a fast-paced conditioning hike for intermediate-level hikers and above. The PM Blazers are a fun but experienced and very fit hiking group...please carefully read the write-up below before signing up!

Please also note that the guest feature is not activated for this meetup. On all my hikes, I expect everyone coming to have signed up themselves, read the write-up, and arrive informed and prepared.

Hope to see you on the trails,


Time for the next meet-up of the fit and fabulous PM Blazers!

Our afternoon PM Blazes are conditioning hikes intended for people hiking, or wishing to hike, at an intermediate level or above, and seeking time outdoors with fun and friendly people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.

Our hike format emphasizes easy-to-access and scenic 5-8 mile conditioning routes with intermediate-level elevation gains, a total hiking time of 2-3 hours at a moderate to fast pace, periodic rest and sightseeing stops, and optional technique discussions and conditioning exercises (based on individual and group interest).

We schedule our PM Blazes as late in the day as the season allows, minimizing hiking in the dark while encouraging people with a variety of work and home schedules to get great conditioning hikes in during the week and tune-up for weekend adventures.

Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!

Kanan Dume Road to Zuma Ridge

Hike Type: Conditioning

Level: Intermediate

Route Type: Out & back

Distance: 5-8 miles

Elevation gain:[masked] feet

Terrain: Double & single-file trail, fire road

Dogs allowed: Yes

Route summary:

Our hike will take us 5-8 miles roundtrip on a 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 westerly on the Backbone Trail, crossing through and then out of Zuma Canyon. The winding canyon trail is sheltered for the first 2.5 miles, and offers views of Newton Falls and Upper Zuma Falls along the way, but then rises up out of the canyon as it reaches the Zuma Ridge Trail.

We have the option of turning back at this point or continuing on the Zuma Ridge Trail, which turns south and ascends about 1.5 miles to Buzzard’s Roost, affording increasing panoramic views along its route. If we continue on Zuma Ridge Trail, we will travel as long as time permits, and stop to take in the spectacular Pacific views before returning by the same route. The terrain is a mix of single and double-file trail and open fire road.

About half our hike is wooded and shaded canyon trails, but the route gives way to open hillsides and ridgelines, before reaching an open area over the Pacific. Since we begin on the floor of Zuma Canyon and reach exposed areas above the Pacific, weather can range from calm and humid to misty with ocean winds to quite warm and dry conditions.


Please wear – brush-resistant pants, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking shoes or light boots, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light backpack.

Please bring – at least two liters of water, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit, bug repellant and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.


Free parking is available at our meet-up location.

Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.


From the 101 – exit at Kanan Road 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 the PCH – turn up South Kanan Dume Road. Drive 4.4 miles from the PCH, going through one tunnel, and then take a left into the “Backbone Trail” parking area, almost immediately after coming out of the tunnel.



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.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers 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.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.