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    My new favorite climb in the Santa Monicas...

    ...is Corral Canyon Road. This had been the only climb that I hadn't done in the Santa Monicas, until Saturday. For some reason, I never really had the urge to do because it dead ends and no one ever talks about it, so I assumed it was nothing special. I was sorely mistaken.

    I ended up doing this climb with 10,000ft in my legs on Saturday. From Santa Monica, I did Las Flores, descended Stunt, took Mulholland to climb the Rock Store, descended Mulholland, took PCH, climbed Deer Creek to Yerba Buena and then up Yerba Buena, and then descended Encinal back toward Santa Monica.

    At first glance, the stats don't seem that bad - the climb is 5 miles long and gains 1950 ft for an average gradient of 7.4%. However, in the first 3.3 miles, the road gains 1600 ft of elevation for an average gradient of 9.2%. After the first switch back, the road gains 1300 ft in 2.5 miles for an average gradient of 9.8%. This is misleading too. There are several flats or false flats on the first 3.3 miles -- so when the grade actually kicks up, it's closer to 12-16%. There are several 16-18% ramps.

    Other than the difficulty, it's a beautiful climb. Wide open with great views of the canyons, PCH, the ocean and LA.

    About 1.5 miles in, there is a road called Barrymore Drive which goes off to the left. I checked the stats on this one, and there is a 0.6 mile stretch with 525 ft of gain for an average gradient of 16%. I could see this I was climbing Corral but I was too tired to try it afterwards. Next time...
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    Hey, I've talked about it...

    Corral is one tough climb. Also, nice set of roads you chose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rallison View Post
    Hey, I've talked about it...

    Corral is one tough climb. Also, nice set of roads you chose.
    I checked your blog but you turned around after a mile. You need to try again. Also, check out the Barrymore drive add-on.
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    True, it was getting dark so I turned around where it flattens for the houses. How does the steepness of the latter section compare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rallison View Post
    True, it was getting dark so I turned around where it flattens for the houses. How does the steepness of the latter section compare?
    It's similarly steep. The road really doesn't let up until you get to 1600ft of elevation. Lots of really steep ramps. Afterward you pass 1600ft, the grade is easy, but your legs are tired so it's still not that fun.

    The more interesting section is Barrymore Road. I can't wait to climb that. It has the hardest 1/2 mile in the Santa Monicas, averaging 17%.
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    That's a good day of climbing! Corral is one of my favorites, and usually light on traffic. I almost got shut down my first time up it. I've never noticed Barrymore, will have to take a look.

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    Here's the hard part on Barrymore:
    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/ca...28694193446005

    0.6miles with 525 ft of climbing - average gradient is 16.6%
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    I hope those stats are correct for Barrymore. One of the toughest medium length climbs I've ever done was Mix Canyon up in Vacaville, averaging 15.8% for its steepest mile and 16.2% for its steepest 1/2 mile. In Summerson's book, the steepest 1/2 mile in CA is Marin Ave (Berkeley) at 18.1%. So yeah, if Barrymore is really 1/2 a mile at nearly 17%, it is in some elite company. Now I really, really have to get back out to Corral. Thank you Ben for finding a super steep road I had never heard of
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    Quote Originally Posted by rallison View Post
    I hope those stats are correct for Barrymore. One of the toughest medium length climbs I've ever done was Mix Canyon up in Vacaville, averaging 15.8% for its steepest mile and 16.2% for its steepest 1/2 mile. In Summerson's book, the steepest 1/2 mile in CA is Marin Ave (Berkeley) at 18.1%. So yeah, if Barrymore is really 1/2 a mile at nearly 17%, it is in some elite company. Now I really, really have to get back out to Corral. Thank you Ben for finding a super steep road I had never heard of
    Let me know when you are in town to do the ride and I'll happily join you. You should also check out Noranda Lane. It's off encinal. It's 0.38 miles and gains 400 ft for an average gradient of 19%.
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