Hondo Canyon

This well maintained section of the Backbone Trail crosses fields of grains and forests of bays, climbing 1,750 feet over 4.7 miles one way.

I hiked this trail in the summer which is not the best time since the views are marred by the seasonal L.A. smog. It’s best to come on a clear day in the winter or spring. The trail is about 50 percent shaded so summer hiking is reasonably cool. Watch out for poison oak in overgrown parts.

At the top, you will see a sign that offers a short hike to Lois Even Overlook.

This will add another 1.5 mile to your hike if you decide to take a look. This is a good trainer hike for more vigorous journeys at higher altitudes.

  • Highlights: Beautiful canyon, rolling hills, views
  • Near: Malibu, CA
  • Distance: 7 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 ft
  • Hike Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Trail Condition: Mostly well maintained trail
  • Dog Friendly: Yes
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Rating:3/5

From Los Angeles – Pacific Coast Hwy (north) to Topanga Canyon Bl. (right) to Old Topanga Canyon Rd. (left) to wide shoulder by backbone trail sign.

Google Map Link


Trail Detail Map


Trail Profile


Hondo Canyon Trail

Hondo Canyon Trail

Hondo Canyon Shaded Trail

Hondo Canyon Shaded Trail

Hondo Canyon Cliffs

Hondo Canyon Cliffs


Meditating at the overlook.


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