The Backbone Trail is a trail extending 67.8 miles over the Santa Monica Mountains from Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades to Point Mugu State Park north of Malibu. The trail is available to hikers, and bicyclists, and horseback riders where suitable as posted. The highest point is at Sandstone Peak at 3,111 feet above sea level. The trail lies within Los Angeles County and Ventura County. There are spectacular views from many areas along the trail.
Malibu Springs is a scenic area along the Backbone Trail in the central Santa Monica Mountains, north of Malibu and Leo Carrillo State Park. It is located on the boundary between Ventura County and Los Angeles County. The Circle X Ranch is to the northwest.