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Encinal Canyon to Top of the World ~ 8 mile Intermediate Hike

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Encinal Canyon to Top of the World ~ 8 mile Intermediate Hike

Encinal Canyon is named for encina, the Spanish word for the holm oak, a lovely Mediterranean tree with holly characteristics. Holm oaks are one of the main trees used to establish truffle orchards, but we’ll be nosing around the canyon strictly for its beauty.

The trail from Encinal is a smooth, firm, and well-traveled single track, swooping and winding with a constant, gentle slope. We’ll have fabulous views of the coast for much of the way. Close to the top, we’ll take on the slightly steeper Etz Meloy Motorway, then the last tenth of a mile is up a seldom-used trail to the isolated peak, where we’ll both lose and catch our breath with a 360-degree view.

From our perch above it all we’ll see Sandstone Peak to the west, Simi Valley to the north, Ladyface and Mt Baldy to the east and the Channel Islands to the south and west.

This is an 8 mile out and back hike, with about 1200′ of elevation gain.

NOTE: Please review the guidelines to participate in our hikes. Here are some highlights and a link to the guidelines:
Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:
Don’t show up unless you’re on the “Attending” list
No “Plus Ones” on this hike
Plan on completing the entire hike at an intermediate pace or please find an alternative hike that better suits your hiking level.
No dogs allowed.


The parking area is off the north side of Encinal Canyon Road, almost directly across the street from the Camp 13 fire station & Rattle Snake Road. Park in the large dirt lot, which is free.

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.


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, its organizers, and sponsors from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

No “Plus Ones” on this hike; please have your friends join The Weekday Trailblazers, and register for the event.

Sorry, dogs are not allowed on State Park trails.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

April 16 2024


Date: April 16
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hiking Group:
RSVP: Visit Meetup Website


Encinal Canyon Road Backbone Trail

1097 Encinal Canyon Road

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The Weekday Trailblazers
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