For Your Winter Wanderlust Jan 23, 2018

I never go on a bike ride without a camera. Call it what you will, but documenting the rides in the greater Los Angeles area is something I love to do. Add to the list, taking out of towners on rides they’ve never done before. Our good friend Erica is in town for a bit, on a riding holiday/work trip from Nevada City, California and expressed an interest in riding up Mount Lowe in Altadena. Now, for those of you who haven’t done this ride, it’s the hardest road ride in the LA area, ATMO, but you can choose to bite off as much as you wish, establishing the general ride vibes early on, or as the hours go by.

Last weekend, we opted for the full experience and it left me a bit vanquished for a few days, so Erica and I took the party train up to Inspiration Point for some reflection on what it means to be a cyclist in a city with so much car culture. Spoiler alert: bikes will always win… and yes, I got sunburnt. In winter.

Check out a few more below and see our route from the Cub House at my Strava.

  • Hacheon Park

    I’ll try this route!

    • It’s becoming a favorite of mine. I used to haaaaaaate it.

      • Area45

        Definitely a Love/Hate route.

  • Jim Watkinson


  • C.Silver

    Right from the start of the climb on Chaney, it’s like asking you “you sure you want this?”

  • benreed

    “This looks so good! I’ve gotta do this!!” [checks Strava stats] “Nope.”

    • auton0my

      Top of Chaney to middle Merrill: 1:45:46, avg speed: 2.9m/h!

      • We sat in the shade a few times for a good thirty minutes or so.

    • The singletrack from the tip top is insane though. You descend 5,000’….