Backbone Trail - Mulholland to Etz Meloy

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This segment of the Backbone Trail climbs steadily through a series of wide switchbacks from Mulholland Highway up to the Etz Meloy Motorway following the ridge. The segment passes though chaparral vegetation with terrific ocean views as the trail climbs higher. The entire segment is dirt, wide, and incredibly flat. To best enjoy this trail, continue west on Etz Meloy Motorway approx. 0.9 mi to the side trail for a great 360-degree overlook.

Parking on Mulholland is extremely limited (2-3 cars). Best to park at Encinal Cyn. Trailhead and hike up to Mulholland (1.3 mi.) and continue up to Etz Meloy (2.6 mi.). Travel to Kanan Dume Road from either PCH or the 101. Travel on Kanan north from PCH or south from the 101 to reach Mulholland Hwy. Go west on Mulholland. Stay left at fork to begin Encinal Canyon Rd. Travel 2.4 miles. Staging area will be on right (north side of Encinal).

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Name: Backbone Trail - Mulholland to Etz Meloy
Length: 2.67 miles
Elevation Gain: 630 feet
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What You Might See

California Ground Squirrel
Otospermophilus beecheyi
Acorn Woodpecker
Melanerpes formicivorus
American Crow
Corvus brachyrhynchos
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
American Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus
Bigleaf Maple
Acer macrophyllum
Black Mustard
Brassica nigra
Black Sage
Saliva mellifera
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Archilochus alexandri
Bobcat
Lynx rufus
California Black Walnut
Juglans californica
California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum
California Coffeeberry
Frangula californica
California Dodder
Cruscuta californica
California Fuchsia
Epilobium canum
California Horned Lark
Eremophila alpestris
California Lilacs
Ceanothus spp.
California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica
California Quail
Callipepla californica
California Red-legged Frog
Rana draytonii
California Sagebrush
Artemisia californica
California Scrub Jay
Aphelocoma californica
California Sycamore
Platanus racemosa
California Tarantula
Aphonopelma sp.
Chamise
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Coast Live Oak
Quercus agrifolia
Coast Paintbrush
Castilleja affinis
Coast Range Newt
Taricha torosa
Coastal Wood Fern
Dryopteris arguta
Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii
Coyote
Canis latrans
Coyote Brush
Baccharis pilularis
Garter Snake
Thamnophis hammondii
Gray Fox
Urocyon cinereoargenteus
Hollyleaf Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia
Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja gleasoni
Laurel Sumac
Malosma laurina
Lemonade Berry
Rhus integrifolia
Long-eared Owl
Asio otus
Lupine
Lupinus albifrons
Monkey Flower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Mountain Lion
Puma concolor
Mugwort
Artemisia douglasiana
Mule Deer
Odocoileus hemionus
Narrow-leaved Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis
Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus viridis
Plummer's Mariposa Lily
Calochortus plummerae
Poison Oak
Toxicodendron diverisloba
Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla
Red Tail Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis
Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Sugar Bush
Rhus ovata
Summer Holly
Comarostaphylis diversifolia
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura
Valley Oak
Quercus lobata
Western Grey Squirrel
Sciurus griseus
Western Screech Owl
Otus kennicottii
White Sage
Salvia apiana
White-tailed Kite
Elanus leucurus