Backbone Trail

Trail in Topanga State Park


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    1.89 miles


This trail follows a fire road with staging areas at either end, one off of Malibu Canyon Road and the other off of Castro Peak Motorway. The wide, dirt trail travels along the ridge above Malibu Canyon, offering spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and spectacular views of the Channel Islands on clear days. While the eastern end of the trail has more chaparral, the western end includes great rock outcroppings.

Mesa Peak Motorway can be accessed via Tapia Spur Trail or Dorothy Drive from the main parking area at Tapia County Park, located approximately 3 miles south of Malibu Creek State Park on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd. Follow the trail from the south side of the parking lot.

Allowed Activities
Horseback Riding
Road Biking