It’s true that Los Angeles is the car capital of the world, but it’s also true that our city is surrounded by mountains with countless canyons and their fire roads, which are all perfect for hiking. There are so many places to hike that I’m sure one could go on a different trail every day for a year.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know Mr F and I have been hiking with a group of friends along the seventy mile Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail.
On Saturday, April 21 we hiked Segment 5 of the BackBone Trail: Latigo Canyon to Malibu Canyon.
The hike will include mostly moderate terrain and a long downhill portion through Malibu Creek State Park at the end. We will be hiking for at least five to six hours.
Dogs are NOT allowed on this segment because we’ll be going through State Park property.
There were seven of us on this hike. We were delighted to include Mahalia, who was visiting us from Canada.
Segment five according to the National Park Service official website:
- Mileage: 9.5 miles
- Agencies: National Park Service and Malibu Creek State Park
- Flora: Again traversing many canyons through chaparral, oak woodland, and streamside communities.
- Geology: The Castro Crest area beside the Corral Canyon parking lot has wind and erosion carved sandstone. Fossils are frequently seen on the Mesa Peak fire road.
- Cautions: The trail is sometimes hard to find through the rocky area east of the Corral Canyon parking lot…
- GPS units and hiking poles are recommended.
Even though the official mileage count for this segment is 9.5 miles, according to the GPS we walked over ten miles.
Last time hiking segment four we ran out of water so this time we all brought two one liter bottles of water, and we still didn’t have enough, because it was such a HOT day with not much shade and temperatures in the 90′s