Cycling Decker Road (Highway 23)
Santa Monica Mountains, California
Ride four miles gaining 1,580’ at 7.5% average grade.
This is another great bike climb beginning from the Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu and finishing at the highest paved roadway point in the Santa Monica Mountains. We have some great Pacific Ocean views, particularly on the first mile of the climb.
We can look back at the Pacific Ocean for the first mile of the climb.
DECKER ROAD SEGMENT OF THE ROUTE
Climb begins by riding up Decker Canyon Road (Highway 23) from Pacific Coast Highway.
PAMM Adventure App showing stats and elevation profile.
Views along the first mile of the climb.
Hairpin at mile 0.8.
Portions of the climb are in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Cool old farm equipment at mile 3.4.
View of a portion of the route from the finish of Decker climb (mile 4) to Yerba Buena high point.
BONUS PORTION OF DECKER - TO YERBA BUENA HIGH POINT
PJAMM Adventure App with John (blue marker) at mid-point of climb.
The standard Decker Road climb ends at the Decker-Encinal Canyon Road intersection, just before a half-mile -6.5% descent on Decker. To reach the high point of our climb: (a) 0.7 miles from Encinal-Decker intersection to Mulholland Highway, (b) turn right on Mulholland and ride 0.4 miles at 1.8% to Little Sycamore Canyon Road and then, (c) turn right on Little Sycamore Canyon Road and ride 2.8 miles at 5% to the high point which is on Yerba Buena Road (Little Sycamore changes to Yerba Buena near the middle of this segment).
Left on Mulholland at mile 4.9.
Right on Little Sycamore Canyon Road at mile 5.3.
Views along the 1.8 mile ridge segment of the climb at 5.6%.
Triunfo Pass Earth Satellite Station as seen from mile 6 looking south.
Triunfo Pass is located on Yerba Buena Road about a mile past the completion of our route.
Little Sycamore changes to Yerba Buena Road at mile 6.8.
There is a brief alpine setting at the end of the ridgeline - mile 7.2.
Finish at the high point of Yerba Buena Road --
The highest paved roadway point in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The Santa Monica Mountains high point, Sandstone Peak (3,114’), as seen from the finish of our climb.
That’s a wrap!!