Socal - Los Angeles County - Malibu NickNames: #ZumaRidge
Take PCH to Busch Drive and head to the end of the road where the trail starts. Thomas Guide Page 667-D1
For the rest of you, I headed up Zuma Ridge on Sunday to connect with the backbone, in and out of Encinal canyon, Latigo canyon, Newton canyon, Corral canyon, and down Puerco canyon. Sick ride.
Leave a car at Puerco Canyon and PCH. Start at the Zuma Ridge Trailhead at the top of Busch Drive in Point Dume. Proceed up, and up, and up the Fire Road for 6 miles. Steep and boring.
Look to your right and locate the Backbone Trailhead into Encinal. This leg is rolling with switchbacks, a waterfall on your left in the winter. Drops you down into an incredibly green forest, cross the bridge, and climb back out to the Kanan Dume parking lot.
Pick up the trail on the west end of the lot with a steep 200 yards up and over the road bridge. A little more climbing then fairly basic riding in and out of Latigo.
The trail continues across the street, a little more technical. A couple rock drop-offs, tighter switchbacks, and rock climbs out of Newton.
Cross the fire road and head into Corral canyon. In my opinion the best leg on this ride. Rocky descents, tight switchbacks, rocky creek crossings, overall more technical than the first three canyons. Climb out to find the Corral canyon parking lot. Take the paved road about 1/4 mile and bust a left back onto the trail.
This would be Mesa Peak Fire Road. A couple climbs on this heading southeast until you run smack into a steep 150 yard drop-off. Lean back and enjoy this surprise, or take the bailout on your right. This will bring to Puerco canyon fire road. High speed fire road descent to PCH. Watch for hikers on this leg.
24 miles of climbing and canyons. The initial climb is quite taxing. This can be avoided by parking at the Kanan-Dume parking lot. Good luck to you. URL: Dusty Bottoms