FOXEN CANYON RD. Date reviewed - 2/06
Fun . . . . . . . . 3
Difficulty . . . . .Medium
Traffic . . . . . . Light
Driveways . . . .Light
Condition . . . . Good
Length . . . . . .19 miles
Foxen Canyon Rd. is a natural companion to Tepusquet Rd., unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view), with the southern end of Tepusquet closed it isn't quite as easy to transition from one to the other. This has the unexpected benefit of finding other roads (see Palmer Rd. below) but the quick and easy transition from Foxen to Tepusquet is missing until the repairs are completed.
While at 19-miles long Foxen is a fairly long road, it isn't exactly something you are going to write home about. It definitely has the pre-requisite curves, straights, and elevation changes, but considering the quality of other roads in the area it doesn't excite enough. Perhaps part of the problem is the amount of traffic you encounter; with ranches and even worse wineries along the way there are plenty of slow moving vehicles to contend with.
Still, motorcycles can have fun out here since they aren't as hindered by moving chicanes as are other cars. There are some good stretches of curve-hill-valley combinations to enjoy as well. Unfortunately Foxen doesn't have the amazing switchbacks of Tepusquet or the memorable "pavement" of Cat Canyon to really stick in your memory. Still, this can be a nice diversion from the 101 if you find yourself in the area.
For those of you headed south on Foxen, watch out for the intersection of Zaca Canyon (cyan on map). While this road will take you south to the 101, to stay on Foxen itself you must turn left. I was lucky enough to notice the road sign at the not-quite posted limit speed, but they don't make it too obvious that the road is changing names. The section of Foxen south of Zaca is actually quite nice; you climb up to the ridge of a small hill and it offers you some nice twisties before you hit Hwy. 154.- Back to Region
Red: Tepusquet Rd.
Blue: Foxen Canyon Rd.
Orange: Palmer Rd.
Green: Cat Canyon Rd.
Yellow: Alisos Canyon Rd.
Zaca Canyon (cyan) can be confusing headed south, Figueroa Mtn. Rd. (purple).