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Old 08-07-09, 11:27 AM   #1
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Old La Honda/Skyline/La Honda 84 weekends

How is the car traffic on these roads on Saturday/Sunday mornings around 7-8-9AM? I've only been up there after work on weekdays. Its gotta be less right? or are there a bunch of motorcycles up there too?
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Old 08-07-09, 12:41 PM   #2
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That early in the morning, you should be fine. I do not think all the fast motorcycles and cars will be out that early. I maintain trying to avoid skyline during the weekends though.

OLH on the other hand is always fine to ride on. Always low traffic.

As long as you are going downhill on 84, it is fine. I have gone down 84 eastbound many times and it is not too hard to keep up with most traffic. I have heard that it isn't too bad doing uphill on the western slope, but I have never done it, so I have no opinion.
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OLH doesn't get much car traffic, but there are a lot of bicycles on the weekends (some not very careful about staying on their side of the road).

Skyline and Hwy 84 west to the ocean can be very foggy in the morning. Wear bright colors and use a bright tail light.
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I ride skyline all the time. Traffic is best in the morning on weekends. Don't go down OLH- too many riders coming up use the wrong side of the road. Descend 84 instead, it's not bad.
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...Descend 84 instead, it's not bad.
Are you kidding? ...its great
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And sometimes, descending down 84, you get no cars breathing down your neck, so you can take the whole lane without being blasted with an obnoxious horn.
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That has generally been my experience . Mind you, I'm a long time bike commuter - a few cars are nothing to worry me, compared to a left turn across 3 lanes of El Camino
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The cars to worry about on 84 (at least descending eastbound) are the ones in front of you slowing you down
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The cars to worry about on 84 (at least descending eastbound) are the ones in front of you slowing you down
ha ha, that is what I was thinking also.

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The cars to worry about on 84 (at least descending eastbound) are the ones in front of you slowing you down
I once followed a car most of the way down, till the driver suddenly swerved off onto the shoulder. The rear passenger door opened and someone stumbled out to barf. EEeewww!!!!

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The cars to worry about on 84 (at least descending eastbound) are the ones in front of you slowing you down
yeah that would be true. except I am slow descender. Anyways it was fine on saturday and less traffic than my weekday rides.
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The cars to worry about on 84 (at least descending eastbound) are the ones in front of you slowing you down
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Yes, the traffic is fairly light until around 8-9 am on weekends.

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As long as you are going downhill on 84, it is fine. I have gone down 84 eastbound many times and it is not too hard to keep up with most traffic. I have heard that it isn't too bad doing uphill on the western slope, but I have never done it, so I have no opinion.
Definitely stay off of the east side of 84 going uphill (from 280 to Skyline).

On the west side, going from Highway 1 to Pescadero Rd. is not too bad as there is a shoulder most of the way.

I would advise against going uphill on weekends from Pescadero Rd. to Skyline as there isn't a shoulder and there will be heavy traffic.

Also, going downhill (west) on 84 from Skyline to Pescadero Rd. there will be a lot of traffic and there is no way you can keep up with it so be prepared to pull over when you can, cars will get stuck behind you otherwise.
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I don't understand the attraction of Highway 84. On the east side, nearby Page Mill Road and Kings Mountain Road are both more fun and scenic climbs and descents. On the west side, maybe Highway 84 is a quick/direct way to get to the coast, but nearby Alpine Road and Tunitas Creek Road are far superior climbs back to Skyline.
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I don't understand the attraction of Highway 84. On the east side, nearby Page Mill Road and Kings Mountain Road are both more fun and scenic climbs and descents. On the west side, maybe Highway 84 is a quick/direct way to get to the coast, but nearby Alpine Road and Tunitas Creek Road are far superior climbs back to Skyline.
WRT climbing 84 from 280-Skyline, I concur. But given my druthers, I'd do Kings or OLH over Page Mill any day. Less steep, not as long.

WRT descending, 84 is wider, smoother, and a lot less technical that either Kings or Page Mill. Not everyone is comfortable with excessive twisties, not to mention the fact that there's a lot less room on Kings and Page Mill if an oncoming car swings wide to pass some climbing cyclists.

WRT climbing 84 from 1 to Skyline, it's probably the least amount of altitude gain, and shallower gradients than Alpine or Tunitas Creek. In other words - easier.
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