Socal - Los Angeles County - Bel Air NickNames: #Gettyview
Take the 405 freeway into the Sepulveda pass and get off at Getty Center Drive. This will put you on Sepulveda where you will go south to Casiano Drive and park your car. This ride is on the east ridge of the pass overlooking the scenic San Diego freeway.
Get on your bike and ride the road up Casiano about a mile to it's terminus, go around the gate and hit the dirt. You are now on East Sepulveda fire road. This is a short stretch(a mile?)heading north-south which ends at more houses. Just before the end you will have two options, go right and hit the ridgeline side action above you to the east which will dump you back at the front gate. Or go left, dropping into a singletrack which switches back a few times, and descends towards the freeway and Sepulveda. From the bottom ride Sepulveda back to Casiano and your car. Thomas Guide page: 591
As for directions, this site has a good description:
chanca a 34 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a 2001 Specialized M4 FSR from Santa Clarita, CA
A good loop from UCLA is to get on Sepulveda, head north to Church street, make a right and then your first left, follow this until it dead-ends into Casiano. Climb Casiano (which is steep at the end, but pretty short) to the gate, cross through the gate, and continue climbing until you reach the lone oak on the left side. The top part of the trail is a bit off-camber, so watch yourself. There are two moderately challenging switchbacks that can be rolled (read: don't lock up here). Also, some p'oak to watch at the bottom.
An alternate route (advanced) is to climb to the first point where the ridge on the right side of the fireroad joins the fireroad. Climb 170° to your right, and continue to the top of the hill. I would drop the seat at the top, it does get reasonably steep and loose. This spits you out at the gate at the bottom of the fireroad. I reccomend disks for this part. After this, follow the directions above to get to the trailhead.
Once dropping back into the parking lot at GV, you can make a left on Sepulveda (all downhill back to Westwood), or you can hook a right and climb to Mountaingate. Make a left on Mountaingate, and climb 1.1 painful miles to the top (paved). This climb is a killer. Make a left at the top, and go through the gate. From here you can access Mr. Big and the Whoops.
If you can time it correctly, the best part of Gettyview is bombing singletrack 30 feet above the gridlocked northbound traffic on the 405.
Be the lunch ride.
Ride rating: Intermediate