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Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon

Intermediate
 4.3 (46) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

2,387' 727 m

High

1,385' 422 m

Low

1,177' 359 m

Up

1,177' 359 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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

Shared By:

Sam Brotherton with improvements by Marcus Bengtsson

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 46 votes

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  4.3 from 46 votes
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Photos

The Backbone trail at Etz Meloy
Dec 12, 2017 near Thousan…, CA
Looking towards Thousand Oaks.
Sep 15, 2014 near Thousan…, CA
My friend rounding a corner on his first mountain bike ride
May 21, 2013 near Thousan…, CA
The fire road section on the top of the ridge
May 21, 2013 near Thousan…, CA
Looking north west (from Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon) just as the fog is clearing up. Echo Cliffs appear in the background. They are part of Circle X Ranch.
Oct 23, 2014 near Thousan…, CA

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Check-Ins

May 27, 2020
Zach Thornton
Sep 22, 2019
CL 4sales
Sep 2, 2019
Noah Tutak
Hot! 6.6mi — 1h 08m
Jul 30, 2019
Carla Coura
12mi — 1h 45m
Jul 15, 2019
Raffy T
Jul 9, 2019
Marcus Bengtsson
Jun 30, 2019
Roger Palacios
10.2mi
May 5, 2019
Martin Pagh Ludvigsen
10.2mi — 15h 00m