Socal - Los Angeles County - Topanga Canyon NickNames: #RedRockCanyon
From the beach take Topanga Canyon Blvd 5 miles up through town and veer left onto Old Topanga road. Take this a mile or so and turn left onto Red Rock road. Park on the road and start riding, the road will hit dirt within 1/2 mile.
The beginning of this ride features some amazing red rock formations, and after a mile or so you will come to an intersection with Calabasas Peak motorway. Go right to extend your ride and climb the motorway to the peak for amazing views of the S.M. mountains interior, and more rock formations. You can continue past the peak and descend the other side back onto Old Topanga. From here go right on the road and descend back to Red Rock and your car. Or cross the road and explore the Summit to Summit motorway which extends a couple more miles, and has some motocross built play areas. Thomas Guide page: 589
I made the ride into a nice loop, mixed with fire roads and single track. It makes for a really great ride and it eliminates the hardest climb when you start in Red Rock (don't worry, there's still plenty of climbing, just nothing as brutal as that 3/4 mile stretch from the bench to the peak). Here's what you can do: Start at the Top of Old Topanga and go south where the sign says "Trail" (short single track). Take this south to Red Rock Park (enjoy the views and climbs, and the really fast descent!) Slow down and enjoy the scenary as you get into Red Rock, it's spectacular!
Eventually you'll end up at Old Topanga Rd - go south (make right). It's a really beautiful short stretch of paved road, all downhill, and when you hit Topagana Canyon Bl, turn left (north). Within a few hundred yards, take a right up Entrada and follow it up until you enter Topanga State Park at Trippet Ranch. Get on the fire road and head north. Climb towards Eagle Rock. After maybe two miles there's a trail that comes in on the left with a marker that says something like "Cheney Fireroad". Take this, a nice technical downhill, for probably 1/2 mile or so. It ends at a fireroad type gate which you go around and just continue downhill. Stay on the paved road and make a right at the white fence (I think it's called "Cheney Drive"). This drops you down to Topanga Cyn again. Head north (right).
Less than a mile up on the right is Santa Maria Road, which is a short steep paved climb up to a fun little single track which you'll see on your left. (There's also a trail on the right, but I'm not exactly sure where it goes. Anyone?). This single track is not too difficult of a climb at all, and it has a touch of downhill (not much though). You'll cross a bridge and a stream and then make a left at the junction (very sandy area). The trail ends at Viewridge Rd. which will take you to Topanga Cyn, almost at the top.
Going right takes you to the Summit/Overlook. But if you want more single track, make a left on Topanga Cyn, then after a few hundred yards, on your right you'll see a fireroad gate (someone wrote on it, "Yes Trail, Come See")which takes you down into Edelmen Park where there's lots of fun singletrack to explore. From here you can either go back out the way you came in and take Topanga Cyn back up a short ways to the summit where you make a left at the fireroad gate and get onto Summit to Summit Mtwy Fireroad, or find you're way by exploring and climbing Edelmen Park and head north along one of the ridges and hook up with the Summit to Summit Mtwy (when you do, go left). Heading kind of south-west will take you back up to where you started (Top of Old Topanga Cyn). Park your car at the bottom of Old Topanga Cyn if you want to end your ride with another fun and pretty descent (plus, climbing up Old Topanga from Mulholland Highway isn't that bad (less than 30 min.)).
The whole loop is about 25 miles, depending upon how long you play on the single track at Edelmen. Look out for hikers and horses (certain areas). Enjoy...
Jerbae a 35 year old Weekend Warrior from Calabasas
I would upgrade the rating on this ride to Advanced/Expert due to the steep inclines the first few miles. The rest of the ride past Calabasas Peak could remain Beginner/Novice.
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 8 miles Elevation change: 2500 Ft.
Singletrack=5% Dirt Road=85% Paved Path=10%
Double C's a 31 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Trek Mountain Track from Woodland Hills
Huffin' and Puffin'
p.s. the beginner/novice rating needs to be updated to Inter/advanced, and in some stretches Expert for the lung you may leave behind climbing one of those nasty inclines near the top.
Ride rating: Advanced
AB a 33 year old Die-hard Enthusiast from Woodland Hills, CA
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 8 miles Elevation change: 2,500
Singletrack=2% Dirt Road=95% Paved Path=3%
Christy a 25 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Specialized Rockhopper from Woodland Hills CA