Thirsty to get away from the lights, camera, action of the silver screen, tourist traps, and famous actor sightings? Just west of Los Angeles, you’ll find Topanga Canyon, a breathtaking spectacle, residing in the Santa Monica Mountains. This area attracts throngs of filmmakers, musicians, and other artists each year for various festivals and gatherings. It’s somewhere you go when you’re looking to explore. Regarded as one of the few remaining rural areas in Los Angeles County, Topanga Canyon showcases mountain views, canyon roads, and cliffside photo ops all throughout the region. If you’re looking to get out into the countryside while visiting LA, Topanga Canyon is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. So, break out your Thirsty Biker apps, and let’s take it all in as we make our way through this scenic area.

In episode 24 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re trekking through the Topanga Canyon route, getting away from the hustle and bustle of LA and becoming more in-tune with nature.

Must-See Stops

Topanga State Park

We start our ride in Santa Monica as we make our way through Topanga State Park, reveling in the serenity of the area. With 36 miles to explore, you’ll be able to discover all that the area has to offer, like huge live oaks and can’t-miss views of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll find many geological formations throughout the park, including fossils, earthquake faults, and more, while various trails allow you to explore panoramic views of the area. When you’ve had your fill of exploration for the day, fuel up at The Star Bar in Chatsworth, with an impressive selection of local craft beer, street tacos, wings, burgers, and other fares. There’s always something going on at The Star Bar. From game night to karaoke, stop by and chat with the locals.

When you want the best service and the coldest drinks in town, head on over to Sugar Suite in Granada Hills. This classy dive bar is the place for bikers, tourists, and locals to toss back a few cold ones and relax. Live music, outdoor seating, and friendly staff make Sugar Suite a must when riding through the area. Finally, you won’t want to miss a trip to Liquid Zoo in Van Nuys, with a pool, karaoke, live music, and more. Stop by and take advantage of happy hour specials or play a game of pool with your riding buddies. No matter what, you’re in for a good time here.

The Ride

Ride map

This journey will feature winding roads that will lead you only about half an hour from busy LA, but you won’t feel the stress of the city hitting you here. Instead, you’ll get to enjoy the scenery, hopping off on one of the many side roads to catch a glimpse of nature, as well as beautiful homes lining the cliffs. Quickly switching from wide two-way roads to tight one-way pass-throughs, the ride will be anything but boring. There are steep climbs and no guardrails, so staying on high alert is critical in this area; however, most roads are well-maintained. Just keep an eye out for those narrow, off-the-beaten-path roads. This is the kind of ride where you go to clear your head when you’ve had your fill of Hollywood and LA in general, and there’s no better place to do that than at Topanga Canyon.

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