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Recommended Routes in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 18

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Favorite The Backbone trail at Etz Meloy
Intermediate

Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon

10.2 mi 16.4 km 1,177' Up 358.71 m Up 1,177' Down 358.72 m Down

Thousan…, CA
Favorite One of only a few switchbacks on the Backbone Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Backbone Trail: Will Rogers to Temescal Ridge

14.2 mi 22.8 km 1,953' Up 595.27 m Up 1,970' Down 600.39 m Down

Santa M…, CA
Favorite 2/18/17 - Riding after the heavy rains led to probably 50+ water crossings in 4 miles of climbing.
Intermediate

Sullivan Canyon - Westridge Singletrack Loop

11.6 mi 18.6 km 1,634' Up 498.16 m Up 1,627' Down 495.96 m Down

Santa M…, CA
Favorite Mild climbing
Intermediate/Difficult

Point Mugu Loop

15.4 mi 24.7 km 2,070' Up 631.02 m Up 2,070' Down 630.96 m Down

Camarillo, CA
Favorite About to go down the switches
Intermediate/Difficult

New Millennium Trail + Las Virgenes Downhill

17.2 mi 27.7 km 2,558' Up 779.81 m Up 2,568' Down 782.63 m Down

Agoura, CA
Favorite Modelo Trail Cheeseboro Canyon
Intermediate/Difficult

Cheeseboro Loop

13.0 mi 20.9 km 1,514' Up 461.46 m Up 1,514' Down 461.44 m Down

Agoura, CA
Favorite Cheney Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Topanga Creek Outpost Loop

10.7 mi 17.3 km 1,382' Up 421.1 m Up 1,382' Down 421.23 m Down

Topanga, CA
Favorite View near the top.
Difficult

Dead Cow/Suicide Loop

4.1 mi 6.6 km 1,126' Up 343.27 m Up 1,126' Down 343.17 m Down

Oak Park, CA
Favorite Corral Canyon rock formations
Intermediate/Difficult

Crags-Bulldog-Mesa Peak

14.6 mi 23.5 km 2,667' Up 812.85 m Up 2,657' Down 809.83 m Down

Malibu…, CA

Santa Monica Mountains NRA Biking

  • 486 Miles 782 Kilometers of Trail
  • 19 Recommended Routes
  • 26 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 84 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 13 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 103

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4.5 mi 7.2 km #1Sullivan Canyon
Intermediate
Topanga, CA
Intermediate
Topanga, CA 31 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #2Suicide
Difficult
Oak Park, CA
Difficult
Oak Park, CA 20 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #3Backbone Trail (Wood Canyon Vista Trail)
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA 21 
3.1 mi 4.9 km #4Sheep Corral Trail
Difficult
Oak Park, CA
Difficult
Oak Park, CA 23 
8.4 mi 13.5 km #5Sycamore Canyon Fire Road
Easy/Intermediate
Camarillo, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Camarillo, CA 32 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #6Sin Nombre Trail
Intermediate
Casa Conejo, CA
Intermediate
Casa Conejo, CA 18 
0.8 mi 1.2 km #7Cookies
Very Difficult
Topanga, CA
Very Difficult
Topanga, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #8Disco Panic
Very Difficult
Sherman Oaks, CA
Very Difficult
Sherman Oaks, CA
3.9 mi 6.3 km #9Trailer Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Topanga, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Topanga, CA
4.0 mi 6.4 km #10Guadalasca Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Camarillo, CA 18 

Photos of Santa Monica Mountains NRA - 234

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Downhill to the beach!
Dec 25, 2013 near Malibu…, CA
The Backbone Trail from the Hub to Will Rogers is great fun!
May 12, 2017 near Topanga, CA
More fun this direction :) -- watch for blind corners
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
Backbone Trail to Will Rogers State Historic Park
Jan 18, 2021 near Topanga, CA
Jump into the ocean!!
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
The sign said "CAUTION Steep Switchbacks". It wasn't kidding.
Dec 14, 2015 near Hidden…, CA
Clearing a steep rock step on the Backbone Trail
Oct 21, 2015 near Agoura…, CA
View near the top.
Jan 20, 2016 near Oak Park, CA