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Mt Gleason burning loop (200km ride report w/ pictures)(4 posts)

Mt Gleason burning loop (200km ride report w/ pictures)PeterRider
Jul 9, 2003 3:52 PM
OK, there are other things to do in July than reading my ride reports (I'm checking on the Tour like everybody else). But my pictures are at least as good as the inexistant ones on the Tour website.

So, friend Christophe and I went for about 200km in the San Gabriels on saturday. No other cyclists (you need to be crazy to go out by this heat), not even other cars or other supporters on the road, everybody was at home enjoying the air conditioning.

The full ride report is on

Below: a nice downhill waiting for us. But with the hot air, even going downhill was getting us tired. This reminded us that the Mojave desert is just a few miles away...

re: Mt Gleason burning loop (200km ride report w/ pictures)mapei boy
Jul 9, 2003 4:09 PM
Pierre. You're way more macho than I am. The San Gabriels are a blast furnace at this time of year. Why don't you do the Santa Monicas instead? Too much city to traverse before you hit the hills? Not rugged enough? Hate ocean views? :-)
We try not to take the car... sometimes a mistake.PeterRider
Jul 9, 2003 5:37 PM
The heat on saturday on the north side of the San Gabriels was most likely comparable to Death Valley/bottom of Grand Canyon...

Do you have interesting routes to recommend ? I know very little about the Santa Monica mtns. The Grand Tour was going through, but this is an organized ride so I didn't really know where we were.

As for ocean views, I love that, but between Malibu and Pt Mugu the traffic is really too annoying to ride on the PCH. PCH is nice above San Luis Obispo...

We try not to take the car... sometimes a mistake.mapei boy
Jul 10, 2003 1:29 PM
The main artery through the Santa Monicas is Mulholland Highway (not to be confused with Mulholland Drive). It begins at Topanga Canyon Blvd. Assuming that you'll be coming via the San Fernando Valley, make your way west to Topanga Canyon Blvd and turn left onto it (south). Mulholland Hwy is about 3/4 miles south of Ventura Blvd. It's a right turn onto the highway. You can bicycle along Mulholland Highway all the way to its western terminus at Leo Carrillo State Beach. It's a very nice ride. It doesn't take long before you are in the countryside. There are some 12%+ grades, but mostly it's pleasant rolling hills. Traffic is usually light, at least on weekends. More often than not, cool breezes blow. When I ride it, I usually just return the way I came, but you can also do a loop by riding PCH southward back to Topanga Canyon. (Going southward on PCH is much more civilized than going northwards, by the way. Going up Topanga from the coast, however, can be dangerous.)

Of course, once you are on Mulholland Hwy, there are many detours and loops you can take. I like Stunt Road. Yerba Buena is good, too. Avoid the heavily trafficked, treacherous Malibu Canyon-Las Virgenes and Kanan-Dume Roads. Decker Canyon is a little too narrow, steep and switchbacked for my wimpy tastes. Anyway, if you carry a map, you'll see plenty of possibilities, and the only real gutbuster is Decker.

Have fun. Give 'em a try.