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Burbank / Hollywood Hills routes(9 posts)

Burbank / Hollywood Hills routesmohair_chair
Nov 12, 2002 2:16 PM
I'll might be in Burbank (California) around Thanksgiving, and I wonder if there are any good road rides I can do from there. I'm a west valley boy, so I know L.A. pretty well, and I've ridden quite a bit in Simi and the Santa Monica Mtns from Calabasas to Pt. Mugu. I've never ridden in the East end, however.

Are there rides I can do from Burbank, without driving? I'll be very close to Disney, so let's say I'll start there. I was thinking I could get under the freeway on a horse trail (there don't seem to be any roads), then up into Forest Lawn and into Griffith Park. Is there a good loop that goes around the park, up to the Observatory, then back over the mountain and back into the valley? Maybe even hit the Hollywood sign along the way?
re: Burbank / Hollywood Hills routesNo_sprint
Nov 12, 2002 2:24 PM
Email me if you'd like, I'm around the area and know of lots of group rides.

The very easiest would be to do Griffith loops. It's very hard to get to the sign. It's in very rugged terrain. You can get to Lake Hollywood though, kinda close to the backside.
not really looking for group ridesmohair_chair
Nov 12, 2002 3:25 PM
I'm on a random and variable schedule, so I'll be going solo. I know I can't get to the Hollywood sign, but I think there is a road that goes above or below it from the Observatory. I'll have to dig out my L.A. maps. I don't use them much in San Jose!
re: Burbank / Hollywood Hills routesAaronL
Nov 12, 2002 2:49 PM
From the Disney studios you have several options.

First, get a good map, in case you get lost.

Griffith Park has a basic loop you can do that takes you around the zoo and to the train town. But I like climbing up to the observatory and the best way to do that is on the back road that is closed to traffic. Just take the road from train town up into the hills and the first road on the right is the back road up to the observatory. It's a nice little climb.

Your second ride option is to ride up into angeles forest up to mt Wilson. That's a hump, but a great ride. You'll want a map to figure out the best rout to get there.

One other option, if you drive just a bit, is to go to Santa Clarita and ride from there. Lots of great rides up in the hills.

Go to Mt Wilson and the Angeles Crest Forest !PeterRider
Nov 12, 2002 5:55 PM
Here you gomickey-mac
Nov 12, 2002 6:19 PM
I'd suggest two rides from that location. 1) Big Tujunga: go up Big Tujunga Canyon to Angeles Forest Road and to Angeles Crest and descend Angeles Crest. Getting to the base of Big T isn't the best ride in the world, but it's only about 8 miles or so from Disney studio. This ride has a decent amount of climbing on pretty quiet and well-maintained roads with great scenery. November is a great time of year to do this ride. 2. La Canada/Flintridge/Angeles: Take Riverside until it turns into Sonora. Make your way up to Mountain and take Mountain to Verdugo. Go up Verdugo to Honolulu, turn left and continue working your way up the hill until you get to Foothill. Turn right on Foothill and head back down Foothill toward Verdugo. If you're up for some climbing when you get to Foothill, you can climb Angeles Crest Highway, which starts at Foothill. After about 9 miles of climbing you'll reach a ranger station and, weather permitting, should have a great view of the city. Don't limit yourself to Griffith Park. I ride in these areas all the time and will be happy to provide additional details by e-mail:
oh wellNo_sprint
Nov 13, 2002 8:42 AM
The donut ride is great, so is the Montrose ride. The Simi ride is really best for pros and cat 1s, however, it's a goodie too. The crest ride is good, I'll be doing it this Sunday. The Sunday Nichols ride is good too. SFVBC has nice rec rides weekend mornings, so does the FCC.

I prefer group rides in the city. They are simply so much safer.
what are all those rides ??PeterRider
Nov 13, 2002 3:01 PM
... heard only about the Montrose ride, but never did it because I heard they go fast, run the lights and sometimes everybody gets a ticket. What/when/who/how much/where are the other rides you are talking about ?


what are all those rides ??mickey-mac
Nov 13, 2002 5:08 PM
Donut Ride starts Saturday at 8:00 in Redondo and goes through Palos Verdes and San Pedro before returning to Redondo. It's a big ride with rolling hills and one mid-sized climb up some switchbacks. Nichols ride is Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. at Westwood and LaGrange. It goes east on Santa Monica boulevard and up Nichols Canyon to Mulholland, then west to Sepulveda Pass. Riders just about all levels participate. Beginners, however, are typically shed pretty quickly once the ride hits the canyon. Simi Ride is a Saturday blazer that many people pick up at 8:00 at Lassen and Topanga in the Chatsworth area.