Past Meetup

Encinal to Etz Meloy - the Newest Section of the Backbone Trail

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From the top, we'll have a 360-degree view of the Conejo Valley and Santa Monica Bay, from Sandstone Peak to the west, Simi Valley to the north (bring your binoculars!), Ladyface and Mt Baldy to the east (binoculars not needed), and the Channel Islands to the south and south-west. The route will take us along the newest (opened in late 2007) and third newest sections of the Backbone Trail.

The trail from Encinal is a smooth, firm and well-travelled singletrack, climbing, swooping and winding with a constant and gentle slope for 3.6 miles, gaining about 830' of elevation. We'll have great views of the coast for much of the way. From there we travel 0.3 miles on the slightly steeper Etz Meloy Motorway, then the last tenth of a mile is up a trail to the peak where we'll experience the above-mentioned 360-degree view.

When we're done, we turn around and retrace our path to the cars. Since this is an out-and-back hike with no forks in the trail, slower hikers can go at their own pace and turn back when they've had enough.

You can see photos of my first hike here on this photo gallery page (

Statistics: 8.0 miles with about 1000' of climbing.


The parking area is off the north side of Encinal Canyon Road, almost directly across the street from the Camp 13 fire station.

From Thousand Oaks and west – From the 101 Freeway, turn south on Westlake Blvd. Drive south on CA-23 South (Westlake Blvd / Mulholland Hwy / Decker Canyon Rd) for 7.9 miles. Turn left onto Lechusa Rd and then turn left immediately onto Encinal Canyon Road. Drive 1.1 miles to the parking area on the left. Note that CA-23 South is a very slow, winding road, so give yourself plenty of time for the drive!

From Agoura Hills and east – From the 101 Freeway, turn south on Kanan Rd. Continue 6.2 miles, then turn right onto Mulholland Hwy. After 0.9 miles, veer left onto Encinal Canyon Rd. Drive 2.4 miles to the parking area, on the right.

From the Pacific Coast Highway – From the PCH, turn up Encinal Canyon Road. Drive 5 miles, then turn right onto Encinal Cyn Rd. Continue 1.1 miles to the parking area, on the left.


Lunch: We go somewhere for lunch after the hike. This is completely optional and is considered to be in addition to this event, not part of it.

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