Site Search

Backbone Quickie – Encinal to “The Tree”

Loading Hikes
  • This hike has passed.

Backbone Quickie – Encinal to “The Tree”

Barbara and Sharon showed me this hike a couple of weeks ago, and it was delightful. If you’re deep on the waitlist for Cheryl’s hike, you may want to consider joining this one.

We’ll start at the Encinal Backbone trailhead parking lot, cross the road, and then take The Backbone Trail southeast for a couple of miles until we get to the place we often turn around when coming from Kanan Road. There’s “The Tree” at the gravel road crossover there. Along the way, we’ll see the plaque placed to commemorate the completion of the Backbone Trail in 2016.

This route has more than the usual amount of shade, trees that somehow managed to survive the Woolsey Fire. There are two or three water crossings each way, so prepare to get your feet wet with cold, clear water. There are also a couple of climbs, so this isn’t a Beginner hike.

Total distance: just under 5 miles, with a 600’ climb and descent.

Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes and a sun hat. Please consider bringing the 10 essentials ().

Our departure time is 8:30 am sharp.

Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:

  • Don’t show up unless you’re on the “Attending” list
  • Unregistered or waitlisted will be turned away
  • No “Plus Ones” on this hike
  • Plan on completing the entire hike or please find an alternative hike that better suits your hiking level.
  • No dogs
  • All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

September 07 2023


Date: September 7, 2023
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Hiking Group:
RSVP: Visit Meetup Website


Backbone Trail – Encinal Canyon Trailhead

Encinal Canyon Rd

+ Google Map


The Weekday Trailblazers
Website: Visit Organizer Website


Leave a comment

Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.

Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Terms of Service.