Cycling Malibu Canyon Road to the top of Piuma Road
Santa Monica Mountains, California
Ride 10 miles gaining 2,500’ at 4% average grade.
The first 4.6 miles of this climb are along busy Malibu Canyon Road (County Route N1, which connects PCH to Highway 101). At mile 4.6 turn right onto Piuma Road, one of the best Santa Monica Mountains climbs that doesn’t begin on the Pacific Coast Highway. For those traffic averse, consider beginning the climb at Piuma Road.
Warning: There is a nearly 200 yard tunnel beginning at mile 3.6 so be sure to bring tail lights.
Start in Malibu and ride up Malibu Canyon Road past Pepperdine University.
Cross at Pepperdine University as seen from Malibu Canyon Road
Turn right onto Piuma Road at mile 4.6.
Riding up Piuma just before one of the three big hairpins -- mile 7.3
Views along the Piuma Road climb.
Upper photo: View southwest of Malibu Canyon and Malibu Canyon Road from mile 8.1
View from tip of hairpin at mile 7.5
Left photo: View southwest; Right photo: view northwest.
Five perspectives of the giant hairpin just below David M. Brown Overlook.
Overlook at mile 7.6.
“Balanced on the narrow spine of Piuma Ridge, the popular David M. Brown Overlook affords prime views and many distant glimpses of the 110-square-mile Malibu Creek watershed. This includes Malibu Creek State Park, 588-acre King Gillette Ranch, and portions of the 65-mile-long Backbone Trail, all of which conservationist David M. Brown had a significant role in preserving as public parkland,” (MRCA).
The overlook was dedicated to David M. Brown after his death in 2013. Mr. Brown played a key role in preserving the Santa Monica Mountains. Read the LA Times tribute to David MacNeille Brown here.
Aerial views of David M. Brown Overlook and the hairpin that borders it.
Climb finish -- W. Saddle Peak Road to the left.
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