A four-hour training ride turned into a seven hour climbfest d’oh! Angeles Crest Hwy from La Canada (1300 Elev) to Dawson Saddle (7901 Elev) Lots of climbing, lots of heat with few options for rehydrating on the road. I will put together a more detailed route sheet but here is the down and dirty. From La Canada I climbed on the Angeles Crest Hwy about 14 miles to Red Box. I refilled my water bottle and then proceeded to climb up Mt Wilson, a five-mile climb. I descended back to Red Box and refilled my bottle then climbed approximately 14 miles to Newcomb’s Ranch and refilled my bottle there. I then climbed from Newcomb’s Ranch to Dawson Saddle through Cloud Burst Summit (7018 Elev) and back down to Newcomb’s Ranch. I refilled at Newcomb’s and then descended back to La Canada. About 100 miles 12,400 feet of climbing most of it on the way up with annoying rollers on the way down.
The Angeles Crest Highway is a two-lane (one lane of travel in each direction) segment of California State Route 2 in the United States. The road is 66 miles (106 km) in length, with its western terminus at the intersection at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge and its eastern terminus at State Route 138 northeast of Wrightwood. The majority of the route passes through the mountainous terrain located north of the Los Angeles basin. Its alignment passes through the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains. 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.
You can read more about the Angeles Crest Hwy here
Approximately 12 miles into the 45 mile climb to Dawson Saddle
Approximately 14 miles into the 45 mile climb to Dawson Saddle
5,000 elevation sign
Approximately 20 miles into the 45 mile climb to Dawson Saddle
The distances above are from Newcomb’s Ranch
This is a 45 mile climb, albeit not all in one shot but you don’t ever get more than a mile or two of reliefs along the way.