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Old 12-18-12, 10:40 AM   #51
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If you are doing Park in Laguna, don't forget to include Nyes Place for a chance to pass a "warning 20% grade" sign at the bottom.
Among the coastal climbs of South Orange County, I think Nyes is the toughest. It opens with a 20 percent grade for a quarter mile, hitting 28 percent if you are foolish enough to take the inside line through the first corner. I work as a land surveyor, and we actaully did a topographic survey of the street at this point. Things get easier after passing the corner. Nyes is only 1.2km, though, and avaerages a bit over 14 percent. The full climb is 1.9km, and averages around 11 percent.

Speaking of Mix Canyon, my in-laws live in Vacaville, and I have ridden past it many times. I did not realize how far back it went until just now. I will check it out, along with nearby Gates Canyon and let you know how those are. My family is going up the week of Xmas, so I will have plenty of time to ride.
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Old 12-27-12, 08:19 PM   #52
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So, I hit Mix Canyon today. It was as tough as people have described. Between mile 3 and mile 4.5 it is just relentless. I was struggling in a 34x25, and at one point I just had to stop and rest for a minute. That is the first time in 15 years that I have had to rest during a climb. The downhill was pretty scary, as the roads were still wet, muddy and covered with leaves. Now that I have survived it, I don't think I will be going back anytime soon.
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Old 12-27-12, 08:51 PM   #53
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Ouchie clip

[video=youtube;bjVz1RQaKqE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjVz1RQaKqE&feature=player_embedded[/video]

Holy crap.... that's the hill and proof that road bikes do not have enough trail to handle those speeds at decline.

The mtb runs are insane...
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Old 12-31-12, 10:42 PM   #54
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Finally rode up Mt Israel Road (off Del Dios Highway between Escondido and Rancho Santa Fe).

It may not be the steepest mile in San Diego County (Mount Woodson is steeper), but it's pretty darn tough.

About 0.7 miles from the start there's a short flat and a side road (Connemara Drive), blocked by a 6-foot gate. Next to it there's a private driveway; you can walk up the driveway and there will be a narrow staircase on the left that takes you on Connemara Drive. Then it's more climbing. At the end of Connemara Drive there's another gate (this one you can just walk around) and beyond that there's a development called Cielo.

According to my GPS, Del Dios to the flat is 0.66 miles averaging 12.2%. Connemara from the staircase to the second gate is 0.29 miles averaging 14.5% (starting 18% for the first third and then easing off toward the top).

Once you get to the top, it's a bit surreal. Dramatic vistas (from Rancho Bernardo to the ocean), polished pavement, and totally deserted, not a person in sight. There's a back road out of the development that exits on Harmony Grove.

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Old 01-06-13, 10:06 AM   #55
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I am suprised Torrey pines gets no mention. or the climb up college blvd from where they are building the new school.
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Old 01-06-13, 10:37 AM   #56
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This is a great thread, I went in at onion valley and out at horseshoe meadows with a side trip up whitney just a few months ago. I know when we were driving up both passes, we were discussing riding them next year. Good to see the actual grades, its steeper than I thought it was from the car.
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Old 01-07-13, 12:23 AM   #57
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I am suprised Torrey pines gets no mention. or the climb up college blvd from where they are building the new school.
Compared to what we're talking about here, Torrey Pines is flat.

Try Mt Israel. It's not too far, 4 miles from I-15 on Valley Parkway.

Or, if you're really fit and/or adventurous, try Camino del Aguila. (That's Spanish for "Eagle's Road".) 78 east to Bandy Canyon Road, Bandy up to Highland Valley Road, then 1/2 mile east on HVR to the intersection with Camino del Aguila.

My personal best is 22 minutes from HVR to the first gate at the top. But I'm not all that fit. Really serious cyclists can do it under 15.

If you survive to the top, you need to go around a couple of gates but I think you can exit through a multi-million-dollar estate community in north Poway.

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Old 01-07-13, 02:05 PM   #58
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I am suprised Torrey pines gets no mention. or the climb up college blvd from where they are building the new school.
This is funny.
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Old 01-07-13, 10:03 PM   #59
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Dunno if it's been mentioned or not (I clicked "Last" rather than read through the entire thread, heh) but Ardshield Rd. in La Habra Heights is pretty damned steep. So far... it's the only climb from which I've had to turn back. Not that I'm a mountain-goat-badassed-climber or anything, I'm just saying that I've always made it to the top - even if that's dead last, huffing and puffing and thinking I was dying - except for Ardshield.

One day, however, I will make Ardshield my b*tch.
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Old 01-07-13, 10:57 PM   #60
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Do you mean Ardsheal?

8.7% average and 11.0-11.5% in the steepest part.
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Old 01-09-13, 09:55 PM   #61
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How about Black Canyon in Simi http://goo.gl/maps/4XwMT
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Old 01-11-15, 12:40 PM   #62
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On PV a pretty good climb is Crownview with 530 vertical ft at 0.9mi.
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Old 02-23-15, 04:01 PM   #63
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On PV a pretty good climb is Crownview with 530 vertical ft at 0.9mi.
yeah, i was just going to mention that sucker! How steep it is?
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Mt. Baldy Road in the San Gabriel Mtns? Specifically the section between the Icehouse Canyon parking lot and Manker Flats/Mt Baldy Ski Lift? Steep, twisty, and you start at about 4500 ft elevation.
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