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A superb singletrack section of the Backbone Trail with a little of everything.


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

Singletrack

2,266' 691 m

High

1,568' 478 m

Low

1,185' 361 m

Up

769' 234 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

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.

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Chris Sip

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 16 votes

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  3.9 from 16 votes
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Trail Rankings

#441

in California

#7,510

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Photos

Clearing a steep rock step on the Backbone Trail
Oct 21, 2015 near Agoura…, CA
Trails for miles!
May 7, 2017 near Agoura…, CA
Along the Backbone Trail. with permission from laollis
Aug 8, 2016 near Agoura…, CA
The backbone trail - Kanan to Castro Peak
Jun 16, 2017 near Westlak…, CA
View from the clearing after the tunnel climb.
Jan 22, 2014 near Westlak…, CA

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