Starting from the western end at Encinal Canyon Road, this segment of the Backbone Trail dips down into the deeply shaded canyon, with two bridges to cross over Trancas Creek and nearby tributary, before heading back up across the chaparral-blanketed mountainside on the way to Zuma Ridge Motorway.
From the PCH, turn north on Encinal Canyon Rd. Travel approx. 5 miles to a right turn to continue on Encinal Canyon Rd. Travel approx 1.2 miles to the trailhead on your left (north side). If you're coming from the east, exit the 101 onto Kanan Dume Rd, travel several miles south and turn west on Mulholland Hwy. Stay left at the fork to begin Encinal Canyon Rd.Travel 2.4 miles. Staging area will be on right (north side).