An efficient and short entry to polyfunctionalized linear triquinanes from 2-methoxyphenols is described by utilizing the following chemistry. The Diels-Alder reactions of masked o-benzoquinones, derived from 2-methoxyphenols, with cyclopentadiene afford tricyclo[184.108.40.206(2,6)]undeca-4,10-dien-8-ones. Photochemical oxa-di-pi-methane (ODPM) rearrangements and 1,3-acyl shifts of the Diels-Alder adducts are investigated. The ODPM-rearranged products are further converted to linear triquinanes by using an O-stannyl ketyl fragmentation. Application of this efficient strategy to the total synthesis of (+/-)-Delta(9(12))-capnellene was accomplished from 2-methoxy-4-methylphenol in nine steps with 20 % overall yield.