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Old 04-01-2019, 06:51 PM   #1
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Planning a trip to SoCal

Hey guys, I'm from Colorado and wondering if anyone could recommend a route where I could hit all the best roads while avoiding any entanglements with the police and gridlock traffic if at all possible.

I'd like to stay out of LA and just cruise around the perimeter, coming in from Bakersfield after riding 155 and 190 and heading back to Denver after hitting the San Diego/Palomar area.

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:00 PM   #2
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What dates will you be here? If you can get in on that Mexico ride, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!


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If coming from Bakersfield look into Highway 33 South to Ojai. You can then take 150 south to 126. From there you have two choices, head West and wonder through Malibu or head East and make a path into the Angeles Forest from the North side.

Iíll see if I can find a good route for heading East as Malibu still isnít fully healed from the fires and some of the better roads are closed. Still, an iconic place to ride though.
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The Malibu area is a bit of a bummer if you don't have a local guide, though. You'll miss all the good stuff.
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I'd be willing to skip Malibu if it were to add a lot of complexity to the route. I will be by myself and this is a vacation so I'd prefer the least stressful route to navigate.

Also, this will be a Monday-Fri ride in early June, are any of these roads often heavily patrolled during the week?
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Hey guys ,
I am from
Colorado and
wondering if
anyone could
recommend a
route where I
could hit all the
best roads while
avoiding any
entanglements
with the police
and gridlock traffic
if at all possible .

I would like to stay
out of LA and just
cruise around
the perimeter ,
coming in from
Bakersfield after
riding 155 and 190
and heading back to
Denver after hitting the
San Diego / Palomar area .

Any suggestions ?

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The Malibu area is a bit of a bummer if you don't have a local guide, though. You'll miss all the good stuff.
Unfortunately even with a "guide" most of the good roads are still closed.

https://dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/

Will they still be when his ride comes to fruition? Hard to say but to pick an alternate route at the moment would probably be best. He can always ride through on his way back if he really wanted to check out the 'BU'.
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I'd be willing to skip Malibu if it were to add a lot of complexity to the route. I will be by myself and this is a vacation so I'd prefer the least stressful route to navigate.

Also, this will be a Monday-Fri ride in early June, are any of these roads often heavily patrolled during the week?
Most of the good roads are typically patrolled on a frequent interval during the weekends but they also do occasionally scan some popular routes during the week, so it's still something to be cognizant of.

I know that Malibu and ACH (Angeles Crest Highway) do have CHP and/or LA County Sheriff in these areas week round but ramp them up on weekends, especially Malibu. That being said, If you go early enough, even on the weekends, you can ride almost car and patrol free for several hours in Malibu. I've ridden it solo a few times with the roads almost to myself, maybe the occasional resident going on a grocery or breakfast run. I'll sometimes be in, done and rolling out by the time others are just showing up!

Anyway, I digress, there are more than enough roads around So Cal that you can probably shake a stick at so depending on how much time you want to spend before you get to Palomar, i'm sure there will be enough options for you.
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Well, here's a route that keeps you off of the main freeways for most of your journey and will keep you occupied for more than a full day!

If you break it apart and stay in Big Bear or Arrowhead for a night it would be an epic journey and allow you to see quite a bit of So Cal on your way to Palomar.

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I was gonna make that same route but toss in 245 to 78 though a quick check shows 245 is closed.
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Not to be too harsh, but that route kinda sucks. It bypasses a lot of the best roads in the region. Sure, you've hit a few fun ones, but missed others nearby that are better.


Here are two small changes that add some incredible roads to the route:
https://goo.gl/maps/ug3cYzivfiF2

Unfortunately Palms To Pines is suffering from road closures...
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What's going on with the closures? Mudslides?

Any thank you guys to much these maps are excellent.
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What's going on with the closures? Mudslides?

Any thank you guys to much these maps are excellent.
Yeah had a few fires then the rain came and up the roads. Still plenty to of great roads to ride.
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Still plenty of great roads to ride .
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Here are two small changes that add some incredible roads to the route:
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I'll need to do this route one weekend!
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I don't suppose any of you have ridden up to Kernville and ridden 155 lately have you? That's an amazing road but it's been 9 years since I've ridden it.
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I don't suppose any of you have ridden up to Kernville and ridden 155 lately have you? That's an amazing road but it's been 9 years since I've ridden it.
I haven't been on that road in decades, and when I did travel it, it was with my dad in the car on a trip to the river. The last time I was up in that area was about 2-3 years ago and we headed North from the tip of the lake and went through the Sequoia National Forest. That was a great ride. Went through King's Canyon and ended up at Shaver Lake just above Fresno.

One really fun ride and a great view from the top, is a little road that takes you up and over the mountains South of the lake, I believe it's called Caliente Bodfish Road. It takes you though some farm land but sometimes there are cows on the road, so you do have to be careful but it is a great little road to take. It'll T-bone into Highway 58 on the South end. Going North on this road is really awesome, as once you get to the top, the view of the lake area is beautiful. I went this way on my way to meet up with the goup in Kernville.

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