Tuna Canyon Road

The steep Tuna Canyon Road is one of the 5 Best Driving Roads in Malibu

Located in western Los Angeles County, California, in United States, Tuna Canyon Road is said to be one of the 5 Best Driving Roads in Malibu. The road is very steep (up to 18%).

Located within the Tuna Canyon Park in the western Santa Monica Mountains, the road is paved but narrow. Its many twists, turns and narrows can pose a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. Most of the road is one-way (due to a previous mudslide) downhill down the mountain, full of twists and turns. This is a safety consideration put into place after numerous accidents on the twisted, steep and treacherous road. Slide Area: road subject to closure at any time. It’s 11.2km (7.0 miles) long, running south north from the Pacific Coast Highway to CA-27 road, on Topanga.

The road is not easy, though. Up, down, right, left all the time. Driving at night, or in poor visibility, is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the road. There are random rocks, sand, and sharp curves with no guardrails. There is a rock wall on your right and a sheer drop, no guardrail, on your left. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. It has been known for decades for its high speeds and dangerous drivers. There has been an average of one person killed on the road every year since 2013.

Expect a road pretty steep with sections up to 15% and 18%. This road is even tough in a car. The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views. It’s a paradise for photographers. This is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn. The wooded environment and views of the Pacific are definitely worth it.


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