Look a little closer, though. There is trash everywhere. Santa Monica just had its first rainfall in over a year. There … Continue reading Beautiful sunset, right?
The sun sets into the Pacific ocean where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Coast Highway.
Happy New Year friends! Spent a few hours on New Year’s Eve free diving in an amazing kelp forest…and then another few hours warming up afterwards! Visibility has been amazing the last few days – we were so lucky to be able to explore such a beautiful and healthy marine environment.
Start: Circle X Ranch
End: Sycamore Canyon Campground
Approximate Distance: 15.3 miles
Approximate Ascent: 1,050 feet
Approximate Time: 6 hours and 15 minutes
Start: Malibu Creek State Park
End: Circle X Ranch
Approximate Distance: 30.8 miles
Approximate Ascent: 6,603 feet
Approximate Time: 12 hours and 40 minutes
Frequently Asked Questions about Hiking the Backbone Trail:
- How did you plan your hike?I extensively used the book “Day Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains” by Robert Stone to plan my hike.* The entire last portion of the book is dedicated to the Backbone Trail. This book divides the Backbone Trail into 13 segments based on natural trail heads. I have used the same numbering system from that book for the maps I have made for these blog posts. There is a huge network of trails crisscrossing the Santa Monica mountains, so this book provided valuable turn by turn directions in areas where many trails intersected. I found the book’s descriptions of landmarks to be very helpful and the estimates on distance to be pretty accurate. I would use my GPS and cell phone to calculate the distance I had traveled on each section and determine my precise location. (*Please note that the only edition of “Day Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains” currently available was published in 2012, before the last portion of the Trail was completely finished. Mr. Stone clearly indicates the unfinished portion and it is still possible to use the book even though it has not yet been updated.)