Distance: 56 miles and 2300 feet of elevation gain (barometric)
The long and medium routes are somewhat similar although using different routes much of the time. They both head over to the Valley near the eastern end and then travel west through the Valley to lunch before returning to the start. While the long climbs Nichols on the way to the Valley, this medium takes a somewhat easier route through Hollywood and Cahunega Pass. Together the two routes descend into the Burbank area and then ride west through the Valley to lunch. (This is the long gentle grade on the profile below.) After lunch, while the long returns via the coast, this medium returns east through the Valley and rides over Sepulveda to return to the start. If you compare the profiles, the initial climb through Cahuenga is somewhat less than the climb done by the long, but the climb over Sepulveda is about the same as the Old Topanga climb done by the long. This medium is only a few miles shorter than the long, but does avoid some of the climbing.
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