The Hub Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 2,227' 679 m
Descent: -2,227' -679 m
High: 2,065' 629 m
Low: 438' 134 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A run exploring the east side of the famous Backbone Trail out of Will Rogers State Park.”— Swire Ho
Parking at Will Rogers State Park is $12. There is free street parking half a mile South of the park entrance.
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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Land Manager: California State Parks - Angeles District