Arcadia – La Tuna Canyon (Long)

Distance: 60 miles and 3700 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

The Long and the Medium routes are substantially the same today except that this Long route adds a loop at the beginning. We start by heading east to Duarte and then looping back west along the foothills through Sierra Madre, Altadena and Pasadena. This leg tops out at the top of Lake Avenue in Pasadena (the first peak in the profile below). You then proceed down to La Canada (where you join the medium route) and continue on to Montrose. From Montrose, both routes climb to the top of La Tuna (the second peak on the profile) and cruise the 4 mile downhill. A few more miles of riding parallel to Glenoaks Blvd takes you to lunch. After lunch, you continue east along Glenoaks through Eagle Rock, Occidental College, South Pasadena and back to the start. As you can see, this long has two major peaks at about the same height (top of Lake & top of La Tuna). The trip up Lake is steeper and probably the more difficult of the two.

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