I've become hooked on the glorious mountain climbs off the Pac Coast Highway in SoCal such as Topanga, Latigo Canyon, Las Flores, Piuma, etc. I've been doing them mostly every weekend with various bike clubs, such as LATri, LaGrange, and Marina Del Rey, and we typically ride from Ocean Ave in Santa Monica as a group.
I'm interested in adding these climbs to my solo workout schedule. Trouble is, I feel very uncomfortable as a solo rider on the PCH (on weekdays) going from Santa Monica to these canyon roads. Particularly nasty is the first few miles from Santa Monica to Malibu.
Are there any good free parking lots that give a good starting point to most of these climbs, or other places on the roads good to park? I'm going to try parking at the base of Topanga Canyon road right off the PCH for starters, but I'd love to hear of some other options, particularly a good one for Malibu Canyon/Piuma road.