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Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon

Intermediate
 4.3 (53) 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 Not Allowed

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 and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 53 votes

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  4.3 from 53 votes
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Photos

Ride down Backbone Trail - Encinal Canyon down to the parking lot
Apr 6, 2021 near Thousan…, CA
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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Apr 17, 2021
Khiem Nguyen
Mar 27, 2021
Walter Garcia-Rossell
Mar 4, 2021
Alex Peralta
9h 44m
Dec 18, 2020
Alexander Phinizy
Nov 15, 2020
Paul Pellegrin
Sep 26, 2020
Mitchell Rubinstein
Combined with Etz Malloy. Great ride. First time on these trails. 11mi — 1h 20m
May 27, 2020
Zach Thornton
Sep 22, 2019
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