Kanan Dume to Encinal Canyon Road

12 miles

This run introduces us to a couple of vertebra of the Backbone Trail. The Kanan Dume Trailhead is reached by turning east on Kanan Dume Road off PCH. Go 4.7 miles and turn left into the parking lot just after the tunnel. The trail heads toward Encinal Canyon under a canopy of trees. It is a very well maintained single-track trail. Then, we rise from the canyon to the intersection with Encinal Canyon Road, then head back to the start. The trail is well-maintained, sparsely used and a joy to experience.

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