The San Gabriel Mountains are near Los Angeles, California though technically they are in the northern section of Los Angeles County close to San Bernardino County. The range is a barrier between Greater Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert. It is considered a transverse range because of its location on the San Andreas Fault. Angeles National Forest is a part of the mountain range offering plenty of recreation for visitors and residents. The highest mountain is Mount San Antonio, though some call it Mount Baldy. Mount Wilson is another famous peak due to the Mount Wilson Observatory and antenna farm.
Ecologically speaking, the San Gabriel Mountains provide a plethora of species of flora and fauna. The area is also a microclimate, meaning temperatures can fluctuate drastically from the rest of the area around the mountains. With Oak and conifer forests the land is lush with trees.
The main road to San Gabriel Mountains is Angeles Crest Highway and State Route 2. Often people travel these routes in order to reach the mountains for winter skiing and snowboarding. Canyon traversing, hiking, picnicking, backpacking, and camping are summer attractions of San Gabriel Mountains. Hundreds of climbers also come to try their skills on the top peaks.
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