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Backbone Trail: Encincal Canyon Rd to Etz Meloy Bypass

Intermediate
 4.0 (3)

A fun, fast, and beginner/intermediate singletrack with great views.


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Map Key

5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Singletrack

2,391' 729 m

High

1,384' 422 m

Low

1,041' 317 m

Up

154' 47 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Description

Start at the parking lot on Encinal Canyon Road and follow the singletrack up about five miles of not very steep switchbacks to Backbone Trail: Etz Meloy Bypass.

In this direction, the singletrack is almost entirely uphill, but if you follow the route of the Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon ride, the return back to Encinal Canyon Road is super fun. Otherwise, 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!

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Shared By:

Sam Brotherton

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  4.0 from 3 votes

#11433

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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#842

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#11,433

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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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Jul 1, 2017
jim moriarty
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