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    SoCal Route Repository

    Please share your favorite routes & loops on this thread. Please do not post a response in here without a map of your favorite ride. If you have any questions or suggestions, please PM the individual who posted that map.

    Twin Oaks - San Luis Rey - Pacific Coast Highway - Faraday Loop: 49.5 mile loop, ~3200 feet of climbing
    There's a gate across Twin Oaks Parkway, but it's usually open. Even when it's closed, it's easily passed on either side. I've passed through this gate (to the right) while a resident there was working on something and he was friendly and didn't say anything about it being a private road. I've also waved to residents while riding through here and they usually waved back.


    Carlsbad - Pacific Coast Highway to Mount Soledad: 50.8 mile out-&-back, with a steep mutha and a beautiful 360-degree view at the top of Mount Soledad.

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    Flattish Century from Carlsbad to South Laguna Beach, via Camp Pendleton: ~99 mile out-&-back, ~3400 feet of climbage (beware the afternoon cross-wind.) Bring your driver's license to get past the Pendleton gate guards and please obey the traffic laws and signs advising cyclists to ride single-file through Pendleton. It's a great route, but if enough of us civilian cyclists behave badly riding through there, the post commanding general can simply deny us access. (Pendleton is a military installation and is therefore NOT a public road.)
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    Moderators, could you please make this a sticky? It's gonna be very important and useful for a lot of SoCal and visiting/vacationing cyclists.

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    Twin Oaks - Circle R - West Lilac - Couser Canyon - San Luis Rey - Pacific Coast Highway: 65.7 mile loop with 5125 feet of climbage.
    Riding on the 78 west of the $%^% Pala Casino is no longer suicidal, since they've widened and smoothed it. There's also a nice little produce stand that sells water right there on Pala Road.

    West Lilac & Couser Canyon are a must-see for any cyclist IMO.


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    Elfin Forest - Del Dios - Rancho Santa Fe - Pacific Coast Highway Loop: 41.4 miles of rolling hills. Exact climbage to be announced (on all these routes). Del Dios Highway is a major thoroughfare, but it has a wide shoulder and has recently been improved.

    (From Del Dios Highway you can see Lake Hodges Dam to the South.)


    And it turns out this is also known as "The Swami's Ride" leaving every Saturday morning at 8:10 from Nytro in Leucadia. (Click.)
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    Wynola - Julian - Cuyamaca & Return - This 40-mile out-n-back doesn't have many flat sections, and the road is too narrow to be divided, but the asphalt quality is remarkable good for such a lightly-traveled road.
    This area was flattened by a fire about five years ago, so the oak-canopy over the road is gone. But the new growth is really beautiful and you'll see a few burnt trees sprouting back to life again.
    Be sure to bring at least a 39-25 on this one, because there are a few crazy-steep sections. Also, this is more of a site-seeing ride than a steady workout--the road has lots of up & down, so your heartrate will likely be spiking and diving accordingly. There are markets with water & snacks at Wynola, Julian and the south shore of Lake Cuyamaca.
    If you find yourself running out of daylight, you can jet back to Wynola on the 79 & 78, but the traffic will seem terrible after the quiet serenity of Engineers Road.
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    PIE Ride: Escondido - Palomar - Mesa Grande - Santa Ysabel - Highland Valley Loop. This 87.5 mile loop is tough with almost 8,000 feet of climbing, but with plenty of great scenery, especially on Palomar Mountain, Mesa Grande and Old Julian Road, which runs parallel to the 78 and has recently been resurfaced. There are convenience stores located at the green destination points. Valley Center Road along the Harrah's casino is pretty bad asphalt, but it's mostly downhill. The Stage Stop Market is a conveniently placed market, but they are not friendly to cyclists, (apparently because some of us take up their parking spaces when climbing Palomar?)

    And here is an alternate Pie Route, which adds a few miles (totaling 90.4 miles), but avoids the narrow section of Lake Wohlford Road (which some folks don't care for), and the nasty, rough, and awful Casino Alley portion of Valley Center Rd., which is pretty rough.

    Watch for the camel farm on the right of Old Julian Road.
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    Angeles Crest to Grassy Hollow (Angeles Forest)
    Out-and-Back century with about 12,000' of climbing (nothing super steep, but you're almost always climbing or descending). Plenty of beautiful mountain views and high peaks that take your breath away (both from the thin air and from the views). Water spigots at Clear Creek (about mile 8/95), Red Box (about mile 13/90), and Grassy Hollow (at the turnaround campground), and a restaurant called Newcomb's Ranch at about mile 25/78.

    Lake Sherwood Loop (Agoura/Thousand Oaks)
    A quick 35 mile route through a little known but beautiful valley near Los Angeles/Ventura county border. A few moderate climbs on the way out and somewhat busy roads on the return portion, but this was one of my favorite routes as a teen.

    Mt Baldy via East Fork and down Glendora Mountain Road (San Gabriel Mountains)
    63 miles with plenty of sustained climbing that leads to the town of Baldy with the option of adding 4 brutally steep miles to get to the ski area above it, and 4 hands-on-the-brakes miles back down. Beautiful resevoir and mountain views. The descent down GMR is technical, with decreasing radius blind curves, so know your limits.

    Upper Big Tujunga (Pasadena/Angeles Forest)
    60 miles (if you start from the Rose Bowl instead of my house) with sustained climbs and fun descents. Not to most scenic, but a challenging route. There is no water after Red Box until you come back down the mountain, and Upper Big T can get very hot compared to its neighboring canyons.

    Latigo and Piuma (Malibu/Calabasas)
    A nice 52 mile climbing ride in the Santa Monicas. It starts with a nice warm-up along the PCH before tackling the most challenging climb (Latigo) before descending the famous "Rock Store" (watch for motorcycles, especially on Sundays) and heading over to climb Piuma. Beautiful ocean views and a fun descent down Tuna Canyon before wrapping it all up.
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    San Elijo to Packard's Coffee in Ramona - this 64-mile out&back is loads of fun and usually doesn't have much traffic. There's plenty of parking behind Isabelle Brien's Coffee Shop in San Elijo, and a grassy square to stretch out when you return.

    This route makes good use of the Oak Canopy Effect and takes you over the new Hodges Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge.

    Armstrong et al on Highland Valley Road in '09:


    Packard's Coffee on Main Street in Ramona:
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    First, excellent idea for a thread.

    Silverado Canyon

    This canyon climb is a great low traffic, out and back climb. The warm up is along Santiago Canyon Road - while it has a fair amount of high speed traffic it is also rather scenic:



    After the warm up, you turn right onto Silverado Canyon Road. The first half is a gentle grade that goes through the town of Silverado:



    The last half is a gorgeous, increasingly steeper section that is often closed to cars (this is the Maple Springs Trailhead section):







    Overall, the climb gives you a bit over 2000 feet of elevation gain (in addition to what you climbed on Santiago Canyon Rd). The Maple Springs section gives you 3 miles of 7%+ climbing.

    The route map can be found here: http://www.mapmyride.com/view_route?...1&rs=undefined.

    My ride report, with more pictures, commentary and maps can be found here: http://www.toughascent.com/blog/?p=45.
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    Reviving this thread..

    CA-39 to Dawson Saddle

    22.5 miles long (parking near West Fork)
    Starting elevation: 1600 ft
    Ending elevation: 7901 ft
    Elevation gain: 6300 ft
    5.3% average grade (5.6% for the 39 section)









    My ride report can be found here: http://www.toughascent.com/blog/?p=152.
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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
    Upper Big Tujunga (Pasadena/Angeles Forest)
    60 miles (if you start from the Rose Bowl instead of my house) with sustained climbs and fun descents. Not to most scenic, but a challenging route. There is no water after Red Box until you come back down the mountain, and Upper Big T can get very hot compared to its neighboring canyons.
    It should be noted, for anyone looking at this, that Angeles Crest Highway is currently closed to Red Box from La Canada Flintridge - as such, you cannot do the first 14 miles of the climb on Angeles Crest. Most cyclists around here know this, but it is worth mentioning for those from out of town. Also, as a general rule, it is always a good idea to check for road closures before doing a route at the caltrans site.

    With that said, a few pictures from along Big Tujunga, Angeles Forest Hwy and Upper Big Tujunga:

    Big Tujunga:


    Angeles Forest Hwy Panorama:


    Angeles Forest Hwy:


    Upper Big Tujunga:


    Intersection with Angeles Crest Hwy looking at Mt. Wilson:


    Note that there almost this entire section is fire damaged. The photos above are also of the more scenic sections. Overall, i found the scenery quite disappointing after having just climbed 39. This will improve in the next few years as more plant life returns, of course. Also, as mentioned, it does get hot in these canyons. Big Tujunga, especially - lots of rock walls against the road that the sun beats down upon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    Moderators, could you please make this a sticky? It's gonna be very important and useful for a lot of SoCal and visiting/vacationing cyclists.

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    San Luis Obispo to Morro Rock to Avila Beach via Prefumo Canyon, return to SLO via the wonderful (but unfinished) Bob Jones MUP (partially at least.)

    SLO is such a great, great town for bicycles! (And for wine, and for beer, and for pretty young girls.) Be sure to stop by one of their bike shops and ask for the free bike-touristy maps provided by the SLO Chamber of Commerce. When complete, the Bob Jones Trail is supposed to be a MUP straight from downtown SLO to the coast. It's excellent quality asphalt and top-notch scenery. Don't expect much sunshine in Morro Bay, but there are all kinds of touristy shops, cafes, restaurants and kayak rentals!

    Prefumo Canyon has some steep, but strikingly gorgeous sections. (Clicky for road view.)
    After a brief dirt section, which is easily traversed when dry, even on 700x23 tires, it becomes See Canyon Road, which passes a bunch of neat apple orchards on the descent to Avila Beach.


    Morro Bay during a rare moment of sunshine.


    Prefumo Canyon Road is gorgeous, but I won't be going that way again without at least a 39-27.


    After a brief dirt section, Prefumo turns downhill to See Canyon Road. Look for the apple orchards on your left.


    More apples than leaves in early December!


    From Avila Beach, you can take Avila Beach Road west to the dead end at Port San Luis.


    And when complete, the lovely Bob Jones Trail will connect SLO with the coast. Bellissima!
    Click here for more photos & info on the Bob Jones Trail.


    And this photo is from an old '05 trip, but the Fremont Theater's markee is typical of downtown SLO.
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