“A superb singletrack section of the Backbone Trail with a little of everything.
— Chris Sip
The trailhead parking is on the right, right before the tunnel on Kanan going south. The first section requires a tough climb on loose, rocky trail that is not representative of the rest of this great section. It probably will require a hike-a-bike unless you are a great climber.
After crossing over the tunnel, there is a flowing downhill section until you reach a private road crossing. The trail here continues with a section of downhill and then a climb until Latigo Canyon Rd about 2.1 miles from the start.
When you reach Latigo Canyon Rd, cross the street to the other trailhead and look for the singletrack. Continue on a short climb before some nice downhill with shade.
Next, a tough climb on some loose trails takes you up to the Newton Motorway
about another two miles from Latigo Canyon Rd. Here you descend down the saddle on some technical downhill and into a shady section with lots of flow and rocky creek crossings.
Coming out of this is a mild climb and you'll eventually reach an intersection with another fire road. Continue on and look for the Backbone Trail singletrack that takes you all the way to the Corral Canyon trailhead about 4.2 miles from Latigo Canyon Rd. This is a good spot to turn around, explore more of the Backbone Trail, or take the Puerco Motorway
down to the ocean.