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Old 03-25-2021, 03:43 PM
 
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I'll be in LA in June & looking to do more "road trip" type activities. Not just because of covid but I've bene to LA many times but never ventured outside to areas like the mountains.

I was curious if anybody had recommendations on the best route to venture into the mountains.

I see that Baldwin Park is near route 39 that goes into the mountains. Then you have a choice of going east or west on route 2. Route 2 west would come back down near Glendale while west would take you towards interstate 15 & Rancho Cucamanga (coming back).

Anything worth seeing in this area? I won't be doing any hiking but wouldn't mind stopping to see something worth seeing if it was a short walk.
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Old 03-25-2021, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Full Time: N.NJ Part Time: S.CA, ID, Coastal GA
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Hwy 2 (Angeles Crest) is largely regarded as one of the best driving/riding roads in the nation. Worthwhile if thats your cut of tea. My preference is west to east, but doesn't really matter.... so 210 to Angeles Crest and head up. Stop for gas at the Shell on foothill right there, because there rally isn't any gas until you get to writewood. Stop for lunch at newcombs (if they're open by then), if not just snap a pic and continue on. You can dip down san gabriel cyn or continue on ACH to writewood. Recommend doing this on a week-day and for the love of god, drive safe. Another option is glendora ridge rd.
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Old 03-25-2021, 05:49 PM
 
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Hwy 2 (Angeles Crest) is largely regarded as one of the best driving/riding roads in the nation. Worthwhile if thats your cut of tea. My preference is west to east, but doesn't really matter.... so 210 to Angeles Crest and head up. Stop for gas at the Shell on foothill right there, because there rally isn't any gas until you get to writewood. Stop for lunch at newcombs (if they're open by then), if not just snap a pic and continue on. You can dip down san gabriel cyn or continue on ACH to writewood. Recommend doing this on a week-day and for the love of god, drive safe. Another option is glendora ridge rd.
This helps a lot. I do enjoy just a nice scenic drive.

Is that Newcombs place closed because of covid?

Looks like San Gabriel Canyon is closed too. Covid?

Glendora Ridge. Is that one way traffic? From google view the roads look like 1 lane.
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Old 03-25-2021, 06:52 PM
 
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This helps a lot. I do enjoy just a nice scenic drive.

Is that Newcombs place closed because of covid?

Looks like San Gabriel Canyon is closed too. Covid?

Glendora Ridge. Is that one way traffic? From google view the roads look like 1 lane.
Newcombs is typically seasonal and/or normally open on weekends. during spring/summer/early fall before snow starts to fall.

My post was confusing ... 39 is close, has been for 30+ years. So its basically a view and continue on, or turn around and head back whichever way you came. Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 03-25-2021, 08:09 PM
 
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Newcombs is typically seasonal and/or normally open on weekends. during spring/summer/early fall before snow starts to fall.

My post was confusing ... 39 is close, has been for 30+ years. So its basically a view and continue on, or turn around and head back whichever way you came. Sorry for the confusion.
I actually remember somebody telling me about route 39 being closed. Correct me if I'm wrong you can get on route 39 & head through the mountains but you're not able to reach highway 2? Is that correct? If that is true it sounds like I would need to head through the mountains on highway 2.
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Old 03-25-2021, 08:26 PM
 
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Yes, thats correct, thats why my first post was confusing. But to be honest I haven't been up in about year. With snow and fires, not sure if the lower gate is closed. Typically you can head almost the entire way up (from azusa ave). Frankly, unless your trip is for the purposes of driving specifically, I'd stick to ACH.

here is the official word on 39:
SR 39
[IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
IS CLOSED FROM 4.4 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 2 TO THE JCT OF SR 2 (LOS ANGELES CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

1-WAY CONTROLLED TARFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM COLDBROOK RANGER STATION TO CRYSTAL LAKE RD /IN FALLING SPRINGS/ (LOS ANGELES CO) FROM 0800 HRS TO 1800 HRS WEDNESDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 3/26/21 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
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Old 03-27-2021, 11:35 AM
 
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Glendora Ridge. Is that one way traffic? From google view the roads look like 1 lane.
Glendora Ridge Road is a two-way road. True, it's only about a lane and a half wide, and mostly unmarked, but traffic can proceed both directions. Please be careful of bicyclists. It is a very popular cycling ride, (that I've done many times myself).

The usual ride is to leave Glendora, going up Glendora Mountain Road, then across Glendora Ridge Road to Baldy Village, where you can grab a bite to eat. From there, a rider needs to make a choice. Most turn around and retrace their route. The strongest and bravest head up the mountain to the ski lifts. That's a brutal climb that will really test your cycling fitness and strength. Or, you can head down the hill from Baldy Village on Mt. Baldy Road to Claremont.

Be advised that the gate at the beginning of GMR is locked on Fourth of July weekend. The road is only open to cyclists on that weekend, (for obvious safety reasons).
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Old 04-01-2021, 02:28 AM
 
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The Mt. Wilson Observatory and the Haramokgna Cultural Center are neat and off of a road that connects to Angeles Crest Highway, but I think they're closed due to COVID. I don't even know if the road that leads to them is open right now.
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