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SPRING BACKBONE TRAIL 2024 #1 – Will Rogers to Skull Rock

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SPRING BACKBONE TRAIL 2024 #1 – Will Rogers to Skull Rock

Come join us as we hike the entire Backbone Trail (67 miles) in eight hikes over four consecutive weekend Saturdays and Sundays. Our first Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 10 miles with 2000 elevation gain on the BBT from the start at Will Rogers Park. We will first hike up to Inspiration Point then along Rodgers Road past Temescal Peak. Then we will leave the BBT taking the Temescal Ridge Trail for 3 miles to our car shuttle point at the Skull Rock Trailhead. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a good attitude. Rain, excessive heat, or Red Flag alert cancels.

This is a Sierra Club hike, so participants must sign in, carry their medical form, and hike between the leader and sweep. The Sierra Club medical form is available at ttps:// We ask you to print it out and carry it with you, but the form will be available at the trailhead as well.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: We will meet initially at 8:00 AM at the Skull Rock Trailhead near the corner of Via Las Palmas and Via La Costa in Pacific Palisades. From PCH take Sunset then left on Palisades Drive, drive 3.5 miles then continue onto Chastain Parkway going 0.5 miles to a right on Via Las Palmas past a small traffic circle and then left into the trailhead parking area.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the Skull Rock Trailhead, we will car shuttle 8 miles down Palisades Drive and then across Sunset Boulevard to the start at Will Rogers State Park.

April 13 2024


Date: April 13
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Skull Rock Trailhead – Topanga State Park

Pacific Palisades,CA90272US

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