Latigo Canyon Road: A Hallmark Of SoCal Climbs

This classic Malibu climb coils like a kingsnake gliding through coastal brush as it traces a route up-and-over the sandstone bluffs that hug the Pacific coast and connects PCH in Malibu to Mulholland Highway in Westlake Village.

This classic Malibu climb coils like a kingsnake gliding through coastal brush as it traces a route up-and-over the sandstone bluffs that hug the Pacific coast and connects PCH in Malibu to Mulholland Highway in Westlake Village. The snaking of the road may limit views from the saddle, but provides an advantage by imposing a natural speed limit on drivers. What the views lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. Our favorite overlook was Ramera Mtwy. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the view from this easily missed side space.

Specifics

The average grade of the climb is 4 percent, although you’ll climb just over 2,090 feet to get to the top, a gain of 225 feet over the 9.2 miles of road. You may find the metrics overstate the difficulty.Latigo provides moments or respite due to short descents and lower-intensity sections where you can catch your breath. The first summit comes crests around mile 6.4, measured from the base, and provides both a view and a place to re-group. The second stretch will take you to an intersection of Kanan Dume Road or if you continue, to Mulholland Highway.

Directions and Parking

Parking is available along PCH, although loading/unloading bikes can be a chore. Look north of Topanga Canyon Road for plenty of parking and lots of space to maneuver gear in and out of vehicles. With Malibu under a mile away and Santa Monica less than 10 miles, you will have excellent beginning and end points for your Latigo adventure.

Latigo Canyon Road

Length:  9.2 mi
Elevation Gain: 1981 ft
Average Grade: 4%
Climbing Difficulty (1-5): 3.5
Road Traffic (1-5):  3.5
Cross Traffic (1-5):  3
Road Conditions (1-5):  4
Views (1-5):   3.5
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