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Old 04-01-22, 04:16 PM
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Hills for Everesting

Iím new to SoCal (recently moved to San Juan Capistrano), and was training for a Road Everesting before my move. Can anybody recommend some good hills for repeats to get the required cumulative ascent? My preferences would be for something where the descent is not too technical, and relatively little auto traffic. Iíd sacrifice total time on the bike on a more gradual ascent if needed to meet those two points. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Highway 39 from the West Fork Parking Lot to the Crystal Lake Cafe is 4100 feet of climb and only 20 feet of descent over 12.8 miles.
Go on a weekday and traffic is minimal. So you can Everest in about 7 trips up over 90 miles of climb and resting on the long descents to fuel up for the next trip up.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
Highway 39 from the West Fork Parking Lot to the Crystal Lake Cafe is 4100 feet of climb and only 20 feet of descent over 12.8 miles.
Go on a weekday and traffic is minimal. So you can Everest in about 7 trips up over 90 miles of climb and resting on the long descents to fuel up for the next trip up.
That's fine and dandy, but he's gotta drive fifty miles from San Juan Capistrano to do it. Then drive back home.
There's some really nice wide roads in Orange County. Fairly long climbs in places, but I've never been a fan of repeats. lol
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Its been a while since I've been in South Orange County, but I think these might be good if you don't mind doing repeats and they are not to far away from San Juan Capistrano:

1. Clubhouse Drive between Crown Valley PArkway and PAcific Island Drive in Laguna Niguel (maybe 3/4 mile?).
2. Pacific Isnad Drive from Crown Valley Parkway up to Talavera Drive (1.25 miles long?).
You could make a loop using these two streets and Crown Valley Parkway.

Ride north on PCH to the other side of Laguna Beach (between Laguna and Corona Del Mar) and try Newport Coast Road from PCH up to Ocean View Ridge/Pelican Hills North, about 1.5 miles. One light along the climb at Pelican Hills South and another light at the top. I haven't ridden it in 10 years and it may have been developed with more houses and intersections, plus you'd want to ride through Laguna Beach early in the AM before traffic gets heavy on PCH.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
Highway 39 from the West Fork Parking Lot to the Crystal Lake Cafe is 4100 feet of climb and only 20 feet of descent over 12.8 miles.
Go on a weekday and traffic is minimal. So you can Everest in about 7 trips up over 90 miles of climb and resting on the long descents to fuel up for the next trip up.

Thanks, I will have to check this out. Nice that it ends at a cafe too! During my practice runs on the road I picked before I moved, there were some blind turns and tight slalom-like turns so I couldnít rest much on the descents.
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Originally Posted by skidder
Its been a while since I've been in South Orange County, but I think these might be good if you don't mind doing repeats and they are not to far away from San Juan Capistrano:

1. Clubhouse Drive between Crown Valley PArkway and PAcific Island Drive in Laguna Niguel (maybe 3/4 mile?).
2. Pacific Isnad Drive from Crown Valley Parkway up to Talavera Drive (1.25 miles long?).
You could make a loop using these two streets and Crown Valley Parkway.

Ride north on PCH to the other side of Laguna Beach (between Laguna and Corona Del Mar) and try Newport Coast Road from PCH up to Ocean View Ridge/Pelican Hills North, about 1.5 miles. One light along the climb at Pelican Hills South and another light at the top. I haven't ridden it in 10 years and it may have been developed with more houses and intersections, plus you'd want to ride through Laguna Beach early in the AM before traffic gets heavy on PCH.

Thanks, some interesting local options here. Combining the first two climbs could work so less time spent on uturns.
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Phil Gaimon first broke the everesting record on Mountain Gate Rd off of Sepulvada: https://www.strava.com/activities/3437284857

He tried to get it back on Trancas Canyon: https://www.strava.com/activities/4626520191
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