The Hike: This hike takes us on the Backbone trail along Newton Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. We will start out by ascending the trail to the South and crossing over Kanan-Dume Road on top of tunnel # 3. A good portion of the this trail is shaded by small oak trees and there should be many Spring flowers in the fields and numerous birds all around. The trail slowly drops down into Newton Canyon, then climbs back up to meet Latigo Canyon Road, where we will continue on about a 2.5 mile loop to add some distance to the hike and return via Newton canyon to the parking area. We are looking at a total distance of between 7 and 8 miles with about 1000 ft. total elevation gain.
This hike is posted on two Meetup groups - if you are a member of both groups - please RSVP on only one.
Directions: From the Ventura Freeway (101) in Agoura, take Kanan-Dume Road towards the beach for about 8 miles. The parking area is on your right after the second tunnel and just before the third tunnel. If you are coming from PCH it is on your left just after passing through the first tunnel. I encourage car pooling and I may have some space from Pasadena or the Universal City Red Line station parking lot. Please contact Lee Tracy for details.
What to bring: Ample water and a snack or sandwich for a short break about midway, maybe some sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes.
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