...And im not quite done yet!
Welcome back to my log of going for a short hike of the 63 mile long Backbone Trail in Malibu, CA. I am doing it in sections, doing most of them round trip. It has been quite the adventure so far. Here is the previous (first installment):
Day 1: 11.85 mile downhill bike ride + 16.29 mile hike with 4236ft of elevation gain (overall progress 16.3 miles / 63 = 25%)
Day one of the hike was a big bang to start it off. Due to the unique opportunity of the one trailhead being a direct downhill road all the way to the other trailhead, I was able to handle this section with bike logistics. I parked at the top around 0630 and then biked the 11 miles downhill to the start in about a half hour. La Jolla canyon trailhead, the official western end of the trail, was a bit crowded with early morning runners but it soon emptied out as I went further up. This section was fully clouded in until I began the real ascent about 8 miles in. Here the trail jumped up 3000 feet in the next 6 miles and I did not see a single soul through all of the bushwacking. The last 2 miles were in the crowded Sand Stone Peak area and with it being a Saturday, I had a mask on almost the whole time. I am going to limit the photos for this post but this section really was a standout as I expected.
Day 2: 10.17 mile one way hike with 991ft of elevation gain
(overall progress 26.5 / 63 = 42%)
After the long hike the day before, my feet were a bit dead and I was overall quite tired. I was not particularly interested in hiking on day two but pushed through it to make progress. Thankfully I did a car relay and hiked this just one way with a room mate. And it was a much easier section that I had traveled all of it previously. Just a lovely day to enjoy this trail.
Day 3: 14.3 mile round trip hike with 2789ft of elevation gain
(overall progress 33.7 / 63 = 53%)
The first two days were Saturday and Sunday so I had to head back to real life the rest of the week, continuing my hike on Friday. This was the first section I would be doing with no logistics, meaning that I would be doing it round trip. So while my hike for the day was a long one, it was just about 7 miles of progress made. The clouds this day were probably my favorite part as well as a couple of jungle-esque stream crossings along the way.
Day 4: 18.86 mile round trip hike with 4134ft of elevation gain
(overall progress 43 / 63 = 68%)
While I had planned on continuing Saturday and Sunday on the hike, I ended up injuring myself swimming on Friday evening and took the rest of the week off from hiking. I got in some bike rides and more swimming but hiking was off limits until Saturday as I needed my knee at 100% for this hike. Nearly 19 miles of punishing hiking was only made bearable by the ever-present marine layer for the first 14 miles of the hike. It meant I didnt really get many useful photos in the morning but it was still an amazing hike nonetheless. The sun coming out for the final 5 miles was worth the bit of heat for the beautiful views that I totally missed on the way out. Corral canyon is always a treat to visit and I absolutely need to head back there for the Joshua Tree NP style rock scrambling.
I have way way way too many damn photos of all of this. Will have to do a photo dump at the end from the whole thing. I tried my best to just keep this to two photos per day to not photobomb this. Looking forward to hiking some of these sections more since I am hauling ass through most of it, not stopping too long to take it in properly. But I can stop and smell the roses another time, ive got miles to cover! One more bonus shot of the sunset out my front door:
If only my body had a reset button, then I would go hike the last 20 mile section in one go tomorrow and just uber back to the car. But I think I will save it for next weekend for a final great day of hiking. Its more like 23 miles and certainly over 4000 feet of gain but its doable with enough food and water.