There are few things we love more than a good climb on a bike that leads to a beautiful vista. The only thing that would make it better is if it were car free! Amazingly, Southern California has some awesome gravel climbs that are completely car free, allowing you to enjoy the vista at your own pace without constantly having to look behind your shoulder. These three are our favorites!
1. Verdugo Mountains – Tree of Life
The Verdugo Mountains are a small transverse mountain range just north of Burbank, CA. As a kid, they were literally in our backyard and I never bothered exploring them. Now, whenever I visit the parents we make sure to take bikes and ride up to the iconic Tree of Life.
2. Sulpher Mountain Road
Ask any local cyclist in Ojai what ride to do and invariably Sulpher Mountain Road will be mentioned. It is a long gradual ascent that can be easily accessed from the Ojai-Ventura bike path (a gem in of itself). Closed off to traffic and generally hard pack dirt, it will have you climbing for hours and reward you with an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean at the top.
3. Mt. Lowe Road
This is probably one of the most epic gravel climbs in Southern California! The first three miles are an absolute gut buster with the grades rarely dipping below 13%. If you can tough out those first few miles, you will be rewarded with an absolutely mind blowing ascent up to an old abandoned railroad tunnel. Be sure to stop and read the interpretive signs to learn about the rail service that use to climb up to the mountains.
We’ve just returned from a week of pedaling in Mississippi looking for interesting bike destinations. We managed to create some ride videos while we were on the road, but have a few more to edit. For now, check out these vids on unlikely but awesome biking destinations in Mississippi.
This might be our most ambitious ride video yet (it is certainly our toughest one so far). In this vid, we ride to the iconic Mueller Tunnel via the steep, car free, mixed terrain Mt. Lowe. This is a classic ride that is brutal in it steepness in the early miles. If you can get over those first two miles, the rest is not so bad. It truly is an amazing destination ride!
Yay! The latest Oregon Scenic Bikeway we filmed is out. This one is one of our favorite parts of Eastern Oregon – the Painted Hills.
In this video we ride one of our favorite gravel climbs in the valley! The Verdugo Mountains are a small mountain rain right in the middle of Los Angeles. On this route, we ride to the ridge of the Verdugos to the iconic Tree of Life. When you’re on the ridge line you get great views of Mt Lukens on one side and the San Fernando Valley, downtown Los Angeles and even the ocean on the other side!
When is a bike shop MORE than just a bike shop?! When its an outpost! Topanga Creek Outpost is a unique shop tucked in the mountains of Topanga State Park and is a great example of a newer generation of bike shop that focuses on the customer experience. Chris and crew do their best to outfit their customers with the best fitting bike. They also lead weekly mountain bike rides as well as inspire others to go bike touring and bikepacking.
In this vid, we ride one of the classic mixed terrain / gravel rides in Ojai, CA. It is a gut buster with a ton of climbing. The upside is that the gravel portion is car free!
Currently updating from a nice little bike friendly hotel in Ojai, CA where we’ve been enjoying the nice sunny weather. We’ve left the San Luis Obispo area and have caught up no some video editing. Here are the vids we made in that area.
A couple of weeks ago we were in Klamath Falls, Oregon for a shoot. We stayed a few days afterwards to do some bike and rod exploration of our own. What we found is that Klamath Falls really has great bones to be an awesome outdoor destination. We rode some of the new trails on Spence Mountain which are nicely designed and professionally built trails. Although we are admittedly newbies when it comes to mountain biking, the trails were enjoyable and scenic. After a quick lunch we swapped out all our gear to chase some trout in the Wood river. Although we didn’t get any on this outing, we would definitely come back for more!
We’re updating from a cool guesthouse in Pullman, WA nestled in the Palouse region of the state. We are catching up on editing videos of our trip and finally got a chance to upload them to our Youtube Channel. Watch them to catch up on our trip so far!