IMO, the best part of Mulholland begins down in the Calabasas area and runs to the sea, pretty much at the Ventura County line. Between the 405 and Topanga Canyon, a lot of it is dirt, so you might have to go down into the valley and take Burbank Blvd across.steel515 said:I have heard of Mulholland mentioned for climbing, how do I go there and come back from UCLA westwood area?
I need some simple directions (via main streets) because I get lost easily.
I also drove Latiago before I rode it - and thought no way. I climbed it for my first time on Memorial Day and it was great.steel515 said:Latigo Canyon was very difficult even by car. Very hilly, gravel, uneven camber on the sharp curves, 1 way traffic.
I always had trouble with traction on the stretch between Sullivan Ridge and Caballero Canyon. You know, the deep gravelly stuff. I don't mtn. bike much nowadays but those fireroads off of Mulholland were regular routes for me.The Walrus said:I like taking dirt Mullholland on a 'cross bike. It isn't actually that long a ride--maybe 20 miles out-and-back from Encino Hills to Topanga, if you aren't seduced by any of the roads and trails that beckon along the way--but you can accumulate some respectable elevation, work on your dirt chops (there are a lot of pretty savage ruts and washouts to be navigated at speed), there's no auto traffic along most of the road and on a clear day you can get amazing vistas from the old Nike (missiles, not shoes) radar installation.
Speedy said:I also drove Latiago before I rode it - and thought no way. I climbed it for my first time on Memorial Day and it was great.
One thing about climbing - it looks worse in a car.
I could tell as I was going up Latigo that I didn’t want to descend it. I instead took Mulholland north to PCH. That's a beautiful ride and a great descent. No bad corners, and the headwind off the ocean helped control my speed without a lot breaking.Mersault said:Great climb, lousy descent though, the road is too bumpy and winding for going down. I go from PCH up Latigo and over to Kaman , then down Kaman to PCH. Kaman is like a wind tunnel though. hold on tight.
I actually descended it once, and that was enough for me. I found it nerve racking and I was "bouncing" all over the place.Speedy said:I could tell as I was going up Latigo that I didn’t want to descend it. I instead took Mulholland north to PCH. That's a beautiful ride and a great descent. No bad corners, and the headwind off the ocean helped control my speed without a lot breaking.
I had to ride PCH back down to my car at Topanga - which I don’t plan on doing again on a weekend, especially a Holiday!
Total craziness going through Zuma. :mad2: :cryin: