can be short, can be long, can be just right. what is/are your favorite climb(s) in southern
california-and why? for our purposes here, not including climbs north of the santa barbara area
since that falls into more of a central california realm and opens up the southern sierras and the death valley region. trying to keep it local.
i'll start. fave two in no particular order are highway 74 from the ranger station east of hemet up to the keen camp summit at 4,917 feet in riverside co. and the montezuma grade climb from borrego springs to ranchita. hwy 74 repaved recently, doesn't have any really hard stretches but is a decent workout. views get better the farther you go and one of those climbs where you can go hard, slow, in between or pick your spots. montezuma grade is harder but feels more desolate, more foreign and has great views along with a great, giant switchback and a place on each end to stop and celebrate with an ice cream-or beer.
honorable mention would be gmr/grr.