Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: Backbone Trail: Encinal Canyon to Mishe Mokwa Out and Back Trail Run
Trailhead improvements underway at the Encinal Canyon Canyon Trailhead on the Backbone Trail. January 4, 2020.
A half-mile into the run you can see where the Backbone Trail traverses across the face of Triunfo Lookout, about 7.5 miles from the Encinal Canyon trailhead. The peak is on the right of the photo.
There were a number of signed side trails along the Backbone Trail between Encinal and Mulholland. The signs appeared to have been placed sometime after the Woolsey Fire.
Backbone Trail above Mulholland, a little more than a year after the Woolsey Fire. January 4, 2020.
Morning glory along the Backbone Trail above Mulholland Hwy.
Recovering red shanks (Adenostoma sparsifolium) along the Backbone Trail between Mulholland Highway and Etz Meloy fire road. January 4, 2020.
Red shanks along the same section of the Backbone Trail, below Etz Meloy fire road, prior to the Woolsey Fire. The photo is from February 2013.
Bleeding heart, a prolific Woolsey Fire fire-follower, along the Backbone Trail, below Etz Meloy fire road. January 4, 2020.
The Backbone Trail west of the Yerba Buena Road Crossing with Sandstone Peak on the right and Triunfo Lookout on the left. Sandstone Peak (3111') is the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Some of the most spectacular views on the 68-mile Backbone Trail are along the Etz Meloy fire road and the segment between the Yerba Buena Road Crossing and the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead.
Sandstone Peak (3111') from the Backbone Trail, about 0.5 mile east of the Yerba Buena Road Crossing. Echo Cliffs is on the right margin of the photo.
AT&T Triunfo Pass Earth Station satellite dishes from the Backbone Trail, just west of the Yerba Buena Road Crossing.
A pond, previously hidden by brush, may explain some of the wildlife sightings on this section of the Backbone Trail.
The Backbone Trail, near Triunfo Lookout. This is the area that can be seen from near the Encinal Canyon Trailhead.
Dramatic rock formations along the West Fork Arroyo Sequit. The Grotto (accessed from Circle X) is deep in the canyon on the right side of the photo.
Boney Mountain and Sandstone Peak from the Backbone Trail about 0.75 mile east of the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead.
The Backbone Trail, northwest of the Triunfo Lookout and a mile or so from the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead. During the Winter this section doesn't get a lot of sun.
A westbound mountain biker works up the Backbone Trail on the last significant climb before the descent to Yerba Buena Road and the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead. Castro Peak and Saddle Peak can be seen in the distance. The Backbone Trail passes near both of these peaks.
Elevation profile for Out and Back from Encinal Canyon to Mishe Mokwa on the Backbone Trail. The elevation gain/loss is about 2500'.
A mountain biker on a section of the Backbone Trail that wasn't burned in the 2018 Woolsey Fire.
These switchbacks, near the Yerba Buena Road Crossing, are on one of the last segments of the Backbone Trail to be completed.
Snow on the San Gabriel Mountains and Mt. Baldy from the Etz Meloy fire road.
Mountain bikers silhouetted on the shoulder of the Etz Meloy fire road.
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