Angeles Crest Highway, Los Angeles

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The Angeles Crest Highway is a two-lane highway over the San Gabriel Mountains, in Los Angeles County, California. Its route is to/through the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the Angeles National Forest. With the exception of a 1000ft-long section in La Cañada Flintridge, the entire route is part of California State Route 2.
The road is 66mi in length, with its western terminus at the intersection at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge and its eastern terminus at the Pearblossom Highway northeast of Wrightwood. The majority of the route passes through the San Gabriel Mountains located north of the Greater Los Angeles Area. Segments of the road reach altitudes above 7000ft, with a summit of 7903ft at the Dawson Saddle, which makes this road one of the highest in Southern California.
The route is best described as mountain-rural. Because the route passes through the protected San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Angeles National Forest, development is very limited. There are not many buildings between La Cañada Flintridge and Wrightwood save for Newcomb's Ranch, and forest service campgrounds and visitor centers. Other points of interest along the route include the Mountain High and Mt. Waterman ski areas.
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  • Take your time and enjoy this pleasantly quiet drive. Make sure to include the 5 mile detour from Red Box Gap to the Wilson Observatory to get those amazing views over LA. We did the drive on a dry...  more »
  • Scenic and well worth a drive, however speeding motorcycles can be an issue. Probably better to go on a weekday if that is an option for you.  more »

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