121 miles with 13,300 feet of climbing
Angeles Crest Highway • Climbs
Angeles Crest Highway • Description
Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) is a scenic mountain-rural ride through the San Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest. This super century offers plenty of climbing, but always on moderate grades (around five percent).
The ride starts in La Cañada Flintridge, the beginning of the Angeles Crest Highway. The route follows Highway 2 for about 60 miles to Wrightwood, the turnaround point. On the way it passes Red Box (the turnoff to Mount Wilson), Newcomb's Ranch, Cloud Burst Summit, two tiny ski resorts (Mount Waterman and Kratka Ridge), two tunnels, Islip Saddle, Dawson Saddle (the highest point at 7,901 feet), Vincent Gulch Divide, Blue Ridge (Inspiration Point), and Big Pines. The way out requires over 9,000 feet of climbing, the way back over 4,000 feet.
Angeles Crest Highway • Interactive Map
Angeles Crest Highway • Pictures
View from Red Box
Cloud Burst Summit
View from Jarvi Memorial Vista
View of Mount Baldy
John L., Johnny U., and I went for this ride. John forgot to bring his shorts and jersey and had to ride in street clothes. In Wrightwood, we checked out Wrightwood Cyclery, but it focuses on service and repair. Eric N., the owner, was so kind to give John a pair of his own cycling shorts.
Newcomb's Ranch and Wrightwood were the only locations with water and food on the ride (the water fountains at Red Box and in Big Pines did not work). On weekends, these locations are popular with motorcyclists. A Harley at the last stop was my introduction to Hank Williams Jr.
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Super Centuries
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