Backbone Trail: Kanan to Etz Malloy

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 4,700 ft
↓ 4,200 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Not all of the Backbone Trail is open to mountain bikers. Of the sections that are open, this is probably the most interesting and the most fun.
From the TH, bike west on the Backbone Trail.
@ mile 2.52 turn left on doubletrack (dirt road)
@ mile 2.63 turn right onto singletrack and climb the hill
@ mile 3.17 turn right at the road junction (note: turn left for a mile to get a great view of the Pacific)
@ mile 3.26 turn left and enjoy a great singletrack descent
@ mile 4.83 cross Encinal Canyon Road
@ mile 6.04 cross Mulholland Road
@ mile 8.58 you reach Etz Maloy Motorway. You can turn around here or go left for another .4 miles for great scenic views on both sides of the ridge.
Retrace your route on the Backbone Trail.
When you reach Encinal Canyon Road, consider this alternative shortcut to avoid a long climb up the singletrack you descended earlier (see TOPO map): turn left on Encinal Canyon (asphalt) for 1 mile. Turn right up a gated dirt road (Trancas Canyon Road) for a quarter mile to get back on your earlier route.
(Note: you can bail out of the last half mile if you run out of time or energy by going through the overflow parking ... see TOPO map.)
added by norskiDoubletrack
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (4)

May 29, 2015
Review: This is a really fun trail. Great views of the ocean. Bring a bell it can be a little crowded

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September 30, 2014
Gawin Trailblazer  
Review: Great scenery on this trail, mountain and ocean views.

Some really fun single track especially going down between Etz Malloy and Encinal. Fun for all skill levels.

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June 25, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
Review: You'll have a hard time finding a more scenic trail. The ocean views from 1000' up in the Santa Monica Mountains are outstanding. The trail is mainly non-technical ST with a little bit of fireroad. Nothing hard other than a moderate climb. Great place to take beginner/intermediate riders.

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January 3, 2013
streetrod Granny Gear  
Review: This is a good ride and down hill back to parking lot.
There are some hikers and a few horses at times,
an intermediate ride.

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Backbone Trail: Kanan to Etz Malloy MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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