Back in the Santa Monica Mountains this week, hiking the section of the Backbone Trail from the top of Corral Canyon to Newton Motorway. There were several interesting sights and it was nearly empty on this cloudy day.
I parked in the same lot I did when I hiked Bulldog Motorway a few months back. A large fire was started right in this area a few years ago so there are signs reminding people to be smart and cautious. The main trail runs to the left. However, I spent the first 45 minutes exploring these rocks and caves near the parking lot in the opposite direction.
More shots around the rocks. Across the way, a water tower painted with the same “worm” graffiti that is on the old pool.
Now on the Backbone Trail.
Climbing to the peak.
The antennae at the top of the mountain can be seen from miles and miles away. They are one of the landmarks I always use when viewing the Santa Monica Mountains from other mountain ranges. The Backbone Trail meets Newton Motorway almost three miles into the hike. I took the Motorway up the hill toward the antennae, but this is about as close as one can get to the top. P h
The view from the gate is very nice. These four shots are panning from left to right.
Now heading back down Newton Motorway.
Photo 1 – Looking back at the peak. Photo 2 –
Now heading back on the Backbone Trail. About a mile and half of this section of trail is under cover and crosses the stream several times (all the stream crossings were dry on this day). Watch out for poison oak.