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Cycling Deer Creek Road, Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California.
This is one of the great climbs of the Santa Monica Mountains (see PJAMM’s Santa Monica Mountain Climb Area Page) that begin from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). This is the steepest of them all, averaging a whopping 11% average grade with ¼ mile at 14% and several 100 yard+ segments in the 16% range. Deer Creek has the second steepest mile segment in all of Southern California, at 12.4% (just behind Las Flores Canyon’s 13%).
For the first mile, before the right hairpin, there are magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.
This is also one of, if not the most scenic of all Santa Monica Mountains bike climbs.
Big right turn at the half-way point.
PJAMM tip of the day:
Always stop at the benches, where there is likely a nice view to be had . . . 👍
That’s a wrap!!
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