Beginner's Ride: Backbone from Encinal Rd to Etz Meloy

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Join us for a beginner ride along the Backbone Trail overlooking the coast of Malibu...

This ride has lots of swooping, curving singletrack and some great views! We start with a gentle climb up the new Encinal singletrack segment to the Decker/Mulholland singletrack segment of the Backbone Trail, cross the road and continue up to Etz Meloy Motorway. Then we’ll turn around and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars via the same route as before.

Once we are back to our cars, for extra credit we can ride about a half mile up Clark Ranch Road to Mullholland, for a second run down the singletrack.

Helmets are mandatory and please bring a two-way radio if you have one, set at 5/25, it helps keep the group together. No rider gets left behind.

Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2, 10 Miles and 900 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours

Directions: From Thousand Oaks and points west, exit the 101 Freeway at Westlake Blvd and head south. About 3.5 miles past Potrero, turn left onto Mulholland and go 2.5 miles. Make a very sharp right turn onto Encinal Canyon Rd (west, back towards Decker), drive for 2.3 miles until you see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.
From Agoura and points east, exit the 101 at Kanan and head south. After 6 miles, turn right onto Mulholland for 1 mile, then bear left onto Encinal Canyon Rd. After 2.3 miles more, you will see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.

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