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Section 4: Piuma Road to Latigo Canyon Road

Santa Monica Mountains

Backbone Trail Section 4: Piuma Road to Latigo Canyon Road

Trail Running Moderate

15 km
875 m
405 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
149 m
High Point
693 m
Section 4: Piuma Road to Latigo Canyon Road Map

This ends on the side of a ravine and down from ridge. Here you have one foot in the headwaters of Zuma Creek and the other in the headwaters of Solstice Canyon Creek. During a rainy spring you might make 15 water crossings in two miles. You'll run Corral Canyon and a striking landscape of sedimentary sandstone rocks that stand like pillars of a temple. The rocks were formed 16 million years ago on the ocean floor and, if you know where to look, you can see fossils embedded in them. “Here you are on top of the ridgeline, but what you’re standing on was once underwater,”



Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round

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