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anyone ride in the Santa Monica Mountains? gonna visit(5 posts)

anyone ride in the Santa Monica Mountains? gonna visitmaurizio
Oct 22, 2003 2:32 PM
I am going to be L.A. next month to visit some sponsors (I'm from AZ), and wanted to ride in the Santa Monica Mtns.
I was watching The Hard Road and saw that nice climb that was featured. Is there a good route to do? How busy is the road during the week?
contact this guyDougSloan
Oct 22, 2003 2:55 PM
This is an ultra rider who I know fairly well, Peter Pop. Here's his website, which should have an email contact:

what climb?mohair_chair
Oct 22, 2003 3:08 PM
I haven't seen the film. Do they say what the climb is? I've ridden many of the climbs in the Santa Monicas, so I might know it. Traffic during the week depends on where you are. The through routes from the valleys to the oceans (Topanga, Malibu Canyon) are commuter routes, so you might want to avoid them during commute hours. During summer, they get beach traffic (add Kanan Road to the list).

Many years ago I used to commute over Topanga every day, then down PCH into Santa Monica. As far as commutes go, they don't get much more scenic than that.
re: anyone ride in the Santa Monica Mountains? gonna visitserbski
Oct 22, 2003 5:36 PM
You can't go wrong from PCH climbing up Latigo Cyn. to Kanan then Mulholland though for a more far-flung climb that will let you pretend that you are in the middle of nowhere in Spain try Yerba Buena. I'm sure that the ultra-fellow mentioned below will be able to fill you in on these and the myriad of other climbs and routes in the SM's. I do lots of my riding mid-day and mid-week in the SM's which are, luckily, my backyard and the traffic is pretty OK on the climbs and on Mulholland which is the arterial road/highway that runs along the top of the SM range. Oh man, once you're on Mulholland you can go up Stunt or Piuma for some added pain. There are so many cool options that I think you'll be able to keep yourself pretty busy during your stay. Worst case scenario get hold of an Auto Club map which will at least give you mileage and directions. You can also try phoning Sundance Cycles who are located in the thick of the Santa Monica range for info. Good luck and feel free to post any questions and I'll try to help. It's been way hot here of late but, seeing as you're from AZ, it won't be a problem for you! Good luck and enjoy L.A.
Some decent off road riding there...OffTheBack
Oct 23, 2003 4:12 AM
This pic was taken on the trailhead at the top of Westridge (Sunset to Mandeville Canyon, left on Westridge, go uphill 'til you run out of road). The fire road runs up to a cold war era radar installation that has been turned into a park. Enjoy!