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Driving Road Review: Mulholland Highway - DrivingScene

Driving Road Review: Mulholland Highway

Posted on 08 March 2013 by Adam Kaslikowski

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Route: Follow Mulholland Highway Northwest to the PCH.

Total Length: 31.2 miles

Directions: Turn onto Mulholland Highway from Topanga Canyon Blvd coming from either direction. PCH  up Latigo Canyon is my preferred route (as you get another canyon in), but you can also reach Latigo from the 101 Freeway.


Total Rating: ★★★★☆

Mulholland Highway is a famous driving road, and it is famous for a reason. From wide sweepers to the tight corners of “the snake,” Mulholland has a piece for every car and every driving style. You’ll also enjoy spotting all the supercars and sports bikes that are also enjoying the road. The road is also home to the world-famous Rock Store – you might not know you know it, but as soon as you see a picture or drive by it yourself you’ll recognize it from many a movie or commercial.


Curves Rating: ★★★★★

Mulholland is a mix of highly-technical tight curves to straights and long sweepers. Whatever your vehicle, you’ll be able to test yourself and your abilities here. That said, care should be taken not to exceed your abilities as there is very little margin for error on this road. Enjoy the road, just don’t try and be a hero.


Police Presence Rating: ★★★★★

For this popular and busy of a driving road, the police were surprisingly absent. It was so shocking to me that it struck me while I was in mid-corner during a tricky section. Their absence is glaring that it is conspicuous. Me thinks that some local economies depend on us unwashed petrolhead masses descending on Mulholland regularly, and thus they leave us alone to possibly kill ourselves.


Traffic Rating: ★★★☆☆

Not a lot of local traffic, but plenty of other enthusiasts will be there trying to enjoy the road with you. This means that traffic you mean will generally be moving just as quickly as you, or realize that you are faster/more foolish and get out of your way. This also means that you should count on oncoming traffic through every blind corner and always stay within your lane.


Scenic Beauty Rating: ★★★★★

Canyon roads lined with trees that create a canopy, broad vistas, and blue California skies – what’s not to love? This is one of the more lush and verdant roads in the canyons of Southern California, and winding from the highlands all the way down to the ocean on PCH doesn’t exactly hurt. If you’re too busy diving from apex to apex, any passengers you might have will certainly enjoy the view.


Population Rating: ★★★★☆

There are only a few spots along Mulholland that play host to residences or neighborhoods. Most to the road is uninhabited but for the rumble of V8s and the wail of motorcycles. Stay restrained and in control during these few sections where people live and you’ll be treated to plenty of road with nary a soul.


Speed Rating: ★★★★☆

Though not a place for top speed testing by any means, you’ll find ample opportunity to exercise your ride of choice’s engine. About a quarter of the 30 mile road is suitable for pedal-to-the-metal fun, the remaining three quarter a mix of corners and intersections. The straights come just often enough to break up the tricky sections and keep things interesting.


Safety Rating: ★★☆☆☆

There are plenty of guardrails and run-off sections along the road, so no fear of plummeting off a cliff at any point. The danger on Mulholland comes not from the environment but from yourself and other drivers leaving their lanes. The road is so well traveled with supercars and over-enthusiastic drivers of all financial straits, you absolutely must stay in your lane at all times and approach blind tight corners with caution in case a motorcyclist or driver is cutting the corner right into your hood or handlebars. Stay frosty and always drive within your personal limits in case someone else isn’t driving within theirs.