The Top 10 bike climbs in the Santa Monica Mountains are 1. Las Flores to Piuma Summit, 2. Deer Creek Road, 3. Las Flores Canyon, 4. Yerba Buena Road, 5. Decker Road South, 6. Latigo Canyon Road, 7. Piuma Road, 8. Tuna Canyon East, 9. Encinal Canyon Road, and 10. Mulholland Highway (PCH)
This is the greatest coastal bike climbing area in the United States. Nowhere along the Pacific or Atalantic coasts are there so many moderately difficult paved roads beginning at the coast. Within 35 miles (from Deer Creek to the north and Topanga Canyon to the south) there are eight bike climbs starting from Pacific Coast Highway and riding up canyons into the Santa Monica Mountains.
The Santa Monica Mountains are a subrange of the Transverse Ranges which are in part subranges of the Pacific Coast Range. The highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains is Sandstone Peak (3,111’), which is just north of the last section of the Yerba Buena Road climb.
The primary paved road bike climbs of the Santa Monica Mountains.
THE HARDEST AND STEEPEST CLIMB
This is a short but extremely scenic and STEEP climb -- averaging 11.3% with a full quarter mile at 14%, and some extended section hovering in the 16-18% range. Deer Creek is also the northernmost of the Santa Monica Mountain climbs.
THE COOLEST PLACE TO START A CLIMB
Southern California’s beloved “Rock Store” is a famed stop for motorcyclists traveling through the area. The store itself is made entirely out of volcanic rock, and dates back to the 1910s, when it was a stagecoach stop. Today, among the stop’s attractions are “the rustic settings, celebrity sightings, hundreds of bikes to look at and the food and drinks. The Rock Store is most popular for their hefty breakfasts, BBQ tri-tip sandwiches, teriyaki chicken sandwiches, homemade chili and more and don’t forget those ice cold beverages” (Rock Store).