Deer Creek Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.8
FIETS
2.3 mi
DISTANCE
1,388 ft
GAINED
11.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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The steepest road in Malibu is tough to get to, but well worth the trip. This road has the purest ocean views in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Difficulty: Strenuous
3.7
Road
4.7
Traffic
5
Scenery

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Oct 24, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 5
traffic: 4
road: 4
Oct 24, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 4
road: 4
Super steep, but amazing views and little traffic.
Jun 3, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 4
Jun 3, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 4
Very sustained and steep. One of the more beautiful climbs in the area, but you'll be hurting too much to really pay attention.
May 1, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 3
May 1, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 3
This is the steep one in the Malibu area, a great area to climb and descend. A tight switchback near climb start gets your attention and then Pacific views. An excellent short climb.
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling Deer Creek Road - cyclist climbing, road, mountain terrain, road sign for Deer Creek Road

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%).

Climbing Deer Creek Road by bike - photo collage, severely curved road, bicycle overlooking ocean, straight road with coastal terrain

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.

Climbing Deer Creek Road by bike - photo collage, road, coastal and mountain terrain, road signs for curves ahead, rock slide area, and Deer Creek Road, road bicycles

Climb’s start.

Climbing Deer Creek Road - cyclist rounding corner on Deer Creek Road, coastal terrain, cliffside

Big right turn at the half-way point.  

Climbing Deer Creek Road by bike - bench overlooking ocean, road bike,

PJAMM tip of the day:

Always stop at the benches, where there is likely a nice view to be had . . . 👍

Climbing Deer Creek Road by bike - road bike in brush, side of road, climb's finish, yellow flowers, coastal terrain, ocean on horizon in distance

Climb’s finish.

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