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Pacific Coast Highway on a summer Saturday?

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Pacific Coast Highway on a summer Saturday?

We arrive at LAX on a summer Saturday at 10:30am and are staying in Santa Monica that night. I'd like to take a quick hike in Malibu Creek State Park but am concerned about the traffic Saturday afternoon on the PCH. Google says it's 19 mi./30 minutes each way. Do you think summer weekend traffic would add more than 20 minutes each way?

We could do the hike early Sunday morning instead, but that day is getting filled up with other plans. Thanks

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1. Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a summer Saturday?

You'll hit traffic for sure and since Los Angelenos don't get up on Saturday until 10:00, you'll hit the lion's share of the traffic on your way TO and from Malibu. I'd estimate 20 to 30 minutes of 'extra time', each way. for traffic.

Edited: 18 June 2013, 18:32
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2. Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a summer Saturday?

Your concern is warranted. I think your plan is unrealistic if you hope to avoid traffic on PCH. My MO when I lived in Brentwood was to get to Zuma Beach (north end of Malibu) by 10 a.m. I'd head home after about 3 hours (depending on the surf). This would enable me to avoid the outbound and then inbound traffic crush. Yes, beach traffic is bad on summer weekends.

You might want to come up with an alternate plan.


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3. Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a summer Saturday?

Saturday beach traffic is generally lighter than on Sundays. Just go; at the least you will enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean along the way!

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4. Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a summer Saturday?

That's a traffic nightmare, sorry. I would head up Sunday morning when there's no traffic and it's cooler temps. Anyway, it will be too hot on Saturday afternoon for a hike, and that's also when the rattle snakes are out.

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5. Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a summer Saturday?

I will never drive through LA on a summer weekend ever, ever again (and that was I5->405->101 ... can't imagine the he!! that was PCH).

Well, after 11AM that is. I came through last Sunday morning (left Paso before 7AM) and hit NO traffic through LA and Orange counties. I couldn't believe my luck.

Edited: 19 June 2013, 00:44
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