SANTA SUSANA PASS RD. Date reviewed - 2/06
Fun . . . . . . . . 4
Difficulty . . . . .Medium
Traffic . . . . . . Light
Driveways . . . .Light
Condition . . . . Fair to Good
Length . . . . . .4 miles
I stumbled upon Santa Susana Pass when trying out Box Canyon Rd., which was referred to me by a visitor to this site. And while I wasn't overly impressed with Box Cyn. (see below), Santa Susana turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
While it isn't very long at only 4.2 miles, it's a lot more fun than you would expect from a road this close to what passes for civilization these days. It drops downhill both directions from Box Cyn. Rd. (blue on map) but it's the longer section east of Box Cyn. that I spent most of my time on.
One of the nice things about this road is that the layout as it winds down the hill is such that you have a pretty good line of site for much of the drive. Headed downhill (east) especially, you can get a good sense of what curves are coming up and if there is any oncoming traffic to contend with.
The pavement is in pretty good shape in most places, but there are some sections where a public works project to install a new water line under the street didn't quite finish. While they re-paved after they were finish, they didn't spend too much time on the finish pave and there are some patches that aren't as smooth as they should be. It is advisable for motorcyclists especially to do a scouting run before attempting to get to serious.
While there are a few tight corners, most of this road is sweepers and some sections that can almost be considered straights. There is even a passing lane for westbound traffic headed up the hill in one point. Caltrans was even nice enough to give this road it's own offramp from the westbound 118, they are so considerate.- Back to Region
Red: Santa Susana Pass Rd.
Blue: Box Canyon Rd.
Not very long, but a lot of fun.
In the heart of civilization, but not yet too congested.