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Angeles Crest Highway

San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Angeles Crest Highway

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  • Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View back down to downtown Los Angeles from Georges Gap, Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View east of San Gabriel Mountains from the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View west through the San Gabriel Mounains from the Angeles Crest Highway near the intersection with Angeles Forest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Our Lord's candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei) and chaparral vegetation off of the Angeles Crest Highway. - Angeles Crest Highway
  • Red Box Day Use Area off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Red Box Day Use Area off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View east of Mount Baldy (10,064 feet) from Red Box Day Use Area off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View south of Mount Wilson (5,710 feet) from the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Chaparral landscape off of the Angeles Crest Highway near Charlton Flat Day Use Area.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View of the northern slope of the San Gabriel Mountains from the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View north into the western Mojave Desert from the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View north into the western Mojave Desert from the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Buckhorn Station Day Use Picnic Area off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Buckhorn Station Day Use Picnic Area off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Buckhorn Station Day Use Picnic Area off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Granite crags off of the Angeles Crest Highway near Jarvi Memorial.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • Jarvi Memorial Scenic Viewpoint off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
  • View south from the Jarvi Memorial Scenic Viewpoint off of the Angeles Crest Highway.- Angeles Crest Highway
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Iconic and historic scenic highway. Viewpoints, picnic areas and hikes along route.
Cons: 
Very curvy and slow moving road. Closed at Highway 39 intersection during winter months.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Angels Crest Highway, or SR-2, twists its way through 66 miles of the Angeles National Forest, punctuated by the jagged San Gabriel Mountains. Finding its end points at La Cañada-Flintridge and the Mountain Top junction at SR-138, it is a marvel of vistas, fresh air, stargazing, and relative solitude—a welcome reprieve for anyone aching to escape the bustle of Los Angeles below.

A popular ride for intrepid road bikers, this well-paved, iconic, and historic scenic highway typically doesn’t experience an overwhelming amount of traffic, motorized or otherwise, though it's not unheard of to get stuck behind a painfully slow moving vehicle. While the motorcycle traffic spikes on the weekends, the treacherous turns keep speeds low and prompt caution. 

Because the route climbs as high as 7,000 feet, a late fall or early spring trip through the single-lane highway is likely to feature snow. Be sure to check road conditions prior to embarking because the road will often close in the wintertime. Likewise, many of the best and most accessible campgrounds and day use areas are closed even if the road may be navigable. Be sure to check before you go. 

Nestled among the rugged landscape, campsites like Chilao, Buckhorn, Horse Flats and more are excellent higher-altitude getaways and offer access to hiking trails and other adventures. Mountain biking trails weave through the tangle of white alder, sage, and shrubs, while some of the best bouldering and trad climbing in the greater Los Angeles area is found in the surrounding hills.

Horseback trails are plentiful, as are excellent day hikes and overnight backpacking adventures. The intrepid explorer is presented with hikes that tromp down among sharp canyons and up to the top of thundering peaks. Even someone as motivated as John Muir could spend years exploring these mountains and never exhaust his excitement. Opportunities to see a wide variety of fauna like bears, cougars, coyotes, and an array of birds are frequent, and make it hard to believe that the chaos of the densely-populated city is just miles away.

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