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Our Favorite Routes

Los Angeles Bike Rides and Routes

If you love to ride your bike, it's hard to do better than the coastal areas of Los Angeles. Just minutes from the heart of the city, you can climb to the skies, or pedal alongside the famous beaches of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, and more.

Here's a curated set of some of our favorite rides, with a bias to the Helen's Cycles Santa Monica/beach areas. Click on the links to view the routes on Strava, where you can also download the GPX file to your phone or computer. Be sure to join our Strava club.

Have a favorite route, or a question? Get in touch on Facebook Messenger or Instagram, or stop in at one of our stores to talk to our local ride experts.

If you'd like to join our group rides, check out the group rides page for dates, times and details.

Topanga Cyn – Fernwood Pacific – Piuma

ROAD: A short stretch on PCH, North on Topanga, to Fernwood and Saddle Peak. Descend Piuma to Las Virgines, Mulholland, and Old Topanga. 50 miles, 4800 ft. elevation.

Sullivan Ridge-Topanga Park

OFF-ROAD: Sullivan Ridge to Dirt Mulholland, west to Topanga State Park and Eagle Rock. 34 miles, 4100 ft. elevation.

Encinal Canyon-Mulholland

ROAD:  Pacific Coast Highway to Encinal Canyon, to Mulholland, and Old Topanga. 70 miles, 6200 ft. elevation.

Sullivan Ridge - Westridge

OFF-ROAD: mixed road and dirt to Sullivan Ridge, Dirt Mulholland, and Westridge. 22 miles, 2500 ft. elevation.

Paseo Miramar-Topanga Fireroad-Dirt Mulholland

OFF-ROAD:  road on PCH and Sunset, climb Paseo Miramar, to Topanga Fireroad through Topanga St. Park and Dirt Mulholland, to Westridge. 30 miles, 3900 ft. elevation.

Topanga-Old Topanga-Stunt and Tuna Cyn.

ROAD: Pacific Coast Highway to Topanga Cyn., Old Topanga, Mulholland to Stunt Rd. Descend Tuna Cyn. to PCH

Latigo Canyon

ROAD:  out  PCH to Latigo Canyon, with the fun and fast descent on Kanan Rd. back to PCH. 55 miles, 4200 ft. elevation. 

Sullivan Canyon-Canyonback-Whoops

OFF-ROAD: A fun ride through Sullivan Canyon, to dirt Mulholland and Canyonback Rd, a bit of the neighborhood at Mountaingate, then the fun descent through the "whoops" and back Kenter. 22 mi, 2500 ft. elevation.

PCH to "the Rock"

ROAD:  PCH all the way to "the Rock" just past Sycamore Cove. This is the mainstay Helen's Cycles endurance road ride. 75 miles, 3150 ft. elevation.