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Angeles Crest Highway

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

The road is paved. It’s two-lane (one lane of travel in each direction). Its construction began in 1929. 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. Segments of the road reach altitudes above 7,000 feet (2.100 m), with a summit of 7,903 feet (2.409 m) at the Dawson Saddle, which makes this road one of the highest in Southern California.
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.

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. The road is usually closed in the wintertime from Islip Saddle to Vincent Gap due to rockfall and avalanche hazards.

 

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