The Hub Out-and-Back

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15.8 Miles 25.4 Kilometers

 

90% 

Runnable

70%

Singletrack

2,227' 679 m

Ascent

-2,227' -679 m

Descent

2,065' 629 m

High

438' 134 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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A run exploring the east side of the famous Backbone Trail out of Will Rogers State Park.

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Overview

A great out-and-back run with climbs that reward you with spectacular views of the area around Will Rogers State Park and Topanga State Park.
Features: Birding — Cave — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Runner Notes

Watch out for mountain bikers.

Parking at Will Rogers State Park is $12. There is free street parking half a mile South of the park entrance.

Description

At the main building at Will Rogers State Park, look for the Inspiration Point Loop Trail and take a left (west). Continue on about half a mile where you'll see a sign and map of the Backbone Trail.

Go North onto the east trailhead of the Backbone Trail on a challenging incline, with a view of the Pacific Ocean behind you, and downtown Los Angeles view to the east. On a good clear day, you might also see the Santa Catalina Island which is about 30 miles off the mainland.

At 2.5 miles, you'll arrive at a bridge point, and the steepest hill climb for this part of the trail. After the climb, the trail becomes flat, and it is a good time to pick up the speed. There are a lot of trees and shady areas in the morning.

The rocky part of the trail will come after the 4-mile mark, and be sure to watch out for mountain bikers flying down the hill as you ascend the mountain. After a mile of climbing, the view of Mulholland Drive will appear and also houses in San Fernando Valley. Continue onto the Backbone Trail and merge left (West). Soon you'll see a small sign for the Hub.

The Hub is located 7 miles in and is on the Backbone Trail. If you head North, you'll hit Mulholland Drive; continue West for Backbone Trail.

For this route, return and take the same route back to the Will Rogers State Park.

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