Latigo Canyon Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.1
FIETS
6.9 mi
DISTANCE
1,948 ft
GAINED
5.3 %
AVG. GRADE

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INTRO

This is a fabulous climb through Latigo Canyon beginning from the Pacific Coast Highway. The climb averages 5.3%, but is a bit more difficult than that because of a couple of ~half-mile segments averaging over 7%. There is a half-mile nearly flat section in the middle of the climb where you will be able to relax and catch your breath, look back and see the Pacific Ocean four miles in the distance.
5.3% average grade.  27% of the climb is at 0-5% grade and 69% is at 5-10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 7.5% and steepest mile is 6.7%.

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Roadway:  Two lane road with double yellow center stripe in good condition with no shoulder in places and up to two feet of shoulder in others.

Traffic:  Mild.

Parking:  On the right side of the road at the start (Map; Street View). 
Provisions:  None on the climb but plenty east and west on the Pacific Coast Highway. 
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The Santa Monica Mountains have the greatest coast-side bike climbs of any location in the US - see PJAMM's Santa Monica Mountains page for more information.

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Difficulty: Challenging
4.3
Road
4
Traffic
4
Scenery

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Jun 22, 2023
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 5
Jun 22, 2023
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 5
This is a long but not overly steep climb. It has a couple downhill sections where you can recover. The views of the Pacific Ocean and the homes in the canyons help take your mind off the effort. There is some traffic and not much of a shoulder (no bike lane). Be mindful of loose rocks and gravel in the corners on the downhill sections.
Mar 9, 2023
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
Mar 9, 2023
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
Long, but never steep.
Dec 2, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
Dec 2, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
The crown jewel of Malibu according to Gaimon, and with good reason. A nice gradual grade makes this accessible to beginners, and the very little traffic makes it quite enjoyable. My first real Malibu climb was on this, and it'll always hold a special place in my heart. The views back on the canyon and ocean as you rise are wonderful.
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling Latigo Canyon, Malibu

Ride 6.9 miles gaining 1,945’ at 5.3% average grade.

One of the most scenic road bike climb in the Santa Monica Mountains

Climb begins on PCH Highway

This is a fabulous climb through Latigo Canyon beginning from PCH.  The climb averages 5.3%, but is a bit more difficult than that because of a couple of ~1/2 mile segments averaging over 7%.  There is a ½ miles nearly flat section in the middle of the climb where you will be able to relax and catch your breath, look back and see the Pacific Ocean 4 miles in the distance.

Near sunset at mile 3.5

Backyard caboose visible from the side of the road at mile 2.7 looking right as you climb.

There are several spots along the climb with close and distant views of the Pacific Ocean.

The road is in pristine condition and has minimal vehicular traffic.