Exploring the Environs (Long)

Distance: 57 miles and 3700 feet of elevation gain (mapping software)

The long and medium are similar, in that they both head over to the Valley, head west across the Valley to lunch and then go over Topanga Canyon to the coast and return to the start via Santa Monica.  However they each accomplish these things using different routes. This long gets to the Valley by climbing Beverly Glen and going down Encino Hills Drive (a very steep downhill). It heads west across the Valley using a somewhat hilly course. It does much of the usual Wells Drive course across the Valley, but in an east to west direction which is more difficult than the usual west to east. In the West Valley, it stops for lunch at Victory & Platt. It then uses Old Topanga to get to the coast. Once on the coast, the return to the start is the same as the medium. Although this long is only a few miles longer than the medium, it is somewhat hillier than the medium.

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