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SPRING BACKBONE TRAIL 2024 #4 – Lois Ewen Overlook to Malibu Creek Backbone

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SPRING BACKBONE TRAIL 2024 #4 – Lois Ewen Overlook to Malibu Creek Backbone

Our fourth Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 7 miles with 600” elevation gain on the BBT going from Lois Ewen Overlook to the Malibu Creek Backbone Trailhead. The hike will climb past Saddle Peak and then descend along the Saddle Peak Trail crossing Piuma Road to the Piuma Ridge Trail where it intersects at Piuma and Las Virgenes. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a good attitude. Rain 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 bring it with you, but the form will be available at the trailhead as well.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: Meet at the Backbone Trailhead, Malibu Creek State Park parking lot at 8:00 AM. From PCH go north on Malibu Canyon Road for 8 miles after the tunnel to the dirt lot on the left or from the 101 go south on Las Virgenes for 5 miles past Piuma Road to the dirt lot on the right before the tunnel.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the meeting point at the Malibu Creek Backbone Trailhead we will car shuttle 8 miles on Stunt Road to the start point at Lois Ewen Overlook.

April 21 2024


Date: April 21
Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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