Backbone Trail: Yerba Buena Section
ElevationAscent: 483' 147 m
Descent: -443' -135 m
High: 2,389' 728 m
Low: 2,000' 610 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A short segment of the Backbone Trail system, gentle grade, beautiful views, well maintained.”— Doron Weinstein
Family Friendly Good for teaching kids to mountain bike.
Option two is to park at the Encinal Canyon trailhead and take the Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon to Etz Meloy trail (as of Jan 2016, there is a chance you won't be able to cross from the Encinal Canyon section to this section due to locked gates put in place by private property owners).
The views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains are amazing! And you'll quickly notice that you are indeed in the highest parts of the Santa Monica Mountains - Sandstone Peak (3,000+ feet) is just a few miles away.
The trail is 100% singletrack and is good for someone who's learning to mountain bike. There are not too many, if any, technical sections.
As always, have a bear bell on and stop for horses on the trail.