Encinal Canyon is a scenic area located in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, California. The canyon is known for its picturesque views, hiking trails, and rich history. The Encinal Canyon Road provides the main access to the canyon, the road is winding and steep, it goes through the canyon and connects the Pacific Coast Highway to the Malibu Canyon Road and the greater Los Angeles area.
The canyon is home to a diverse range of plants and animals, including several endangered species. The area is home to a wide range of native plants and wildlife, such as mule deer, coyotes, raccoons, and many species of birds. Encinal Canyon is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and there are several trails that offer visitors the chance to explore the area's natural beauty. The canyon is a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Encinal Canyon also holds a rich historical significance, the canyon was home to the Chumash people for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The canyon also served as an important transportation route for early settlers, and it played a key role in the development of the local oil and gas industry.
In addition, the canyon is also a popular spot for rock climbers, with a number of established climbing routes. There is a great variety of climbing types, from single-pitch traditional climbing to multi-pitch sport climbing, and the climbing routes vary in difficulty. Climbers are required to follow the established guidelines and rules as the area is a National Park Service.