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Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach

145 miles with 10,200 feet of climbing
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Route Profile
Route Profile

Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Climbs

Cat. 1: Mile 47
Cat. 2: Mile 63
Cat. 4: Mile 38 and 41

Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Description

This ride starts in Seal Beach and follows San Gabriel River Trail for 38 miles (until the end), passing Whittier Narrows Dam and crossing Santa Fe Dam.
After exiting the trail, San Gabriel Canyon Road (Highway 39) and Angeles Crest Highway lead up to Dawson Saddle. Above Crystal Lake turnoff Highway 39 is closed due to landslides, but it is in rideable condition (with a few short gravel sections).
Starting in Azusa, the ascent can be broken into different sections: Morris Reservoir (short descent here), San Gabriel Reservoir (short descent here), East Fork turnoff (1,500 feet), Crystal Lake turnoff (5,000 feet), Islip Saddle (6,600 feet), and Dawson Saddle (7,900 feet).
The ride back follows the same route. While it is mostly downhill and flat, headwinds may be encountered.

Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Interactive Map

Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Pictures

Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • San Gabriel River Trail
San Gabriel River Trail
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • San Gabriel River Trail
San Gabriel River Trail
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Whittier Narrows Dam
Whittier Narrows Dam
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Santa Fe Dam
Santa Fe Dam
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • San Gabriel Canyon Road
San Gabriel Canyon Road
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Crystal Lake Recreational Area
Crystal Lake Recreational Area
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • San Gabriel Canyon Road
San Gabriel Canyon Road
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Angeles Crest Highway
Angeles Crest Highway
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Dawson Saddle
Dawson Saddle
Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Seal Beach
Seal Beach

Seal Beach - Dawson Saddle - Seal Beach • Personal Notes

Several years ago safety was a concern on the San Gabriel River Trail, but I read that law enforcement has fixed the problem, and I have not encountered any issues.
The climb to Dawson Saddle leads through remote territory without water, however, recently the road to the Crystal Lake Recreational Area and the store re-opened.
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