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Old Topanga Canyon from Topanga Canyon to TopYou get to hang out with hippies and millionaires all within a few hundred yards of each other.

Difficulty Rating: 10

Distance: 4.1 miles

Climb Rating: 4

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Pro’s

    • A really neat narrow canyon with some cool red rock that is not found anywhere else in the Santa Monica’s.
    • Gentle at first with a good climb at the end.
    • A cool running creek nearby in the winter when there is enough rain.
    • Red Rock Road is midway up Old Topanga Canyon. Though this is not part of the route, it is a really fun diversion. Worth the few minutes it takes to get to the end just to enjoy the very cool geology.

Con’s

    • The route does have a bit of traffic.
    • A pain to get to. In some way shape or form you have to take Topanga to get to it and riding on Topanga is never a lot of fun.
    • Making a left turn to get onto Old Topanga is a harrowing experience. It is at a blind turn and cars are going very fast.
Old Topanga

(The red rock formations are unique to Old Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains)

Old Topanga 2

Making left turns onto either end of Old Topanga can be a harrowing experience.

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