MTB Project Logo

Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon

 32 votes

10.2 Miles 16.4 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

1,177' 359 m

Ascent

-1,177' -359 m

Descent

2,387' 727 m

High

1,385' 422 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

All Clear

39 days agoUpdate

A fun, fast, beginner/intermediate, out-and-back ride on singletrack with great views.

Sam Brotherton

Overview

This is a really fun trail for beginners and experienced riders alike!

Description

Start at the parking lot on Encinal Canyon Road and follow the singletrack up about four miles of not very steep switchbacks to Mulholland Fire Road. This ride turns around here, but at this point, you could take a left and ride as far as you want on fire road; you can ride all the way to the ocean if you have the stamina!

The singletrack descent back to Encinal Canyon Road is super fun - it's extremely smooth and non-technical, and most of the corners are heavily bermed. Have fun!

That being said, be careful and please don't go all out on the corners - the trail sees pretty heavy traffic in both directions and the sight lines are not long given how fast the trail is.

Contacts

Rate Featured Ride


   Clear Rating

4.3 from 32 votes


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Jan 14, 2018
Bruno DA SILVA
Nice trail for beginners and intermediate !!
Jan 6, 2018
Sidney Pilarski
Nov 19, 2017
Dave Beveridge
Nov 19, 2017
Greg I
Great single switchback trail with fire roads towards the end. Downhill has nice burms. 9.9mi
Nov 1, 2017
Nick Wright
16mi — 3h 00m
Sep 22, 2017
Bryan Hamer
Good times w some good buds! 12.4mi — 1h 33m
Sep 15, 2017
Victor Latimer
Great learn control ride for Mandie
Jul 15, 2017
jim moriarty

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 32 votes

#219

Overall
  4.3 from 32 votes
5 Star
34%
4 Star
63%
3 Star
3%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#25

in California

#219

Overall
299 Views Last Month
11,025 Since Apr 21, 2013
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

8%
63%
29%
0%
0%
0%

Conditions


All Clear 39 days ago
Dry - Dry and clear
Update ConditionsHistory

Getting forecast...

Absolutely loved this ride. Made it about 4.6 miles up in under and hour and the ride down was great! Not too steep at any one time. You should have rider bells though. Single track 90% of the time. May 2, 2016

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter