Santa Monica, California Motorcycle Riding Trip

May 11, 2021


A rented Harley-Davidson touring motorcycle in Santa Monica, California.

The July 4th holiday is coming soon, and what a better way to celebrate Independence Day than renting a motorcycle in Southern California from Riders Share?

To help plan a safe and exciting "happy birthday to America" ride, we are showcasing a few motorcycles available for rent through Rider Share. We’re also sharing one of our favorite riding trips through the Santa Monica Mountains west of Los Angeles. If you have memorable motorcycle riding trips that you'd like to share, please email us (

Santa Monica, California Motorcycle Riding Loop

This route in the Santa Monica mountains takes you up several of the best canyon roads and across Mulholland Highway. It includes the well-known section of tight curves known as “The Snake.”

Editor’s Note: This stretch of roadway is partially closed to motor vehicle traffic due to fire and erosion damage. The road remains open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The 55-mile trip features plenty of elevation change and takes approximately two hours to tackle at a leisurely pace. Near The Snake you’ll pass the infamous Rock Store, a classic SoCal gathering spot for motorsport enthusiasts on weekends. It’s a great spot to take a break, chat with like minded riders, and get something to eat or drink.

  • If reading this on your phone, just click on this link:  Santa Monica Mountains loop to open the map.
  • If reading this on a computer, click on this link: Santa Monica Mountains loop and then click on the “Send directions to your phone” link on the left side of the map. (If you don’t see this link, shrink the font size on your screen with the CTRL – keys and it will appear). The link lets you send it directly to your Android phone or to your iPhone via text or email.

"All these curvesss" - anonymous

Either way, pull the route up on your phone and you’re on your way. An important note: you can check out the route on your phone or computer from anywhere by clicking “preview” on the map screen. Google Maps will switch to navigation mode when you arrive at the start of the route. When you arrive at the start at Patrick’s Roadhouse, the “preview” tab will change to “start”. Click that and navigation begins.

Enjoy the celebrations! Stay safe and keep riding.