Angeles Crest Highway

Angeles Crest Highway, scenic and well worth a drive

The Angeles Crest Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the USA. Part of the California State Route 2, the road is 66 miles (106 km) long.

Is the Angeles Crest Highway dangerous?

The road is paved. It’s two-lane (one lane of travel in each direction). Built between 1929 and 1956, with the exception of the years 1941 through 1946 during WWII, it's one of the prettiest highways in Southern California, but it can be pretty treacherous and lots of people have lost their lives on one turn or another. The highway stretches 62 miles through the San Gabriel Mountains from La Cañada – Flintridge (just outside Pasadena) to State Highway 138 east of Wrightwood. The highway is a piece of heaven to be enjoyed. It was closed for several years due to landslides, and allows to traverse 66 miles of some of the most difficult terrain in the U.S. in under two hours. Along the way you can enjoy pure Alpine scenery just minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

Is there snow on Angeles Crest Highway?

The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! The scenic byway ascends up and winds its way through 66 miles of the Angeles National Forest, through chaparral, and montane forest habitats, along the highest and most scenic ridges of the San Gabriel mountain range. Pure Alpine scenery just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Fresh air, trees, mountains and blue sky all day long. Segments of the road reach altitudes above 7,000 feet (2.100 m), with a summit of 2.415m (7,923ft) at the Dawson Saddle, which makes this road one of the highest in Southern California.

Why is the Angeles Crest Highway closed?

The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. The Angeles Crest Highway is normally closed in the wintertime from Islip Saddle to Vincent Gap due to rockfall and avalanche hazards. Be careful with the wild life especially chipmunks and gray squirrels crossing the road. Lots of twisting mountain roads, sweeping curves and switchbacks climbing up to approx 7000 ft. The road is in excellent condition and much of it is new. Its two lanes with occasional passing lanes and little traffic other than bikes on weekends.

 

 

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