Ride Up Angeles Crest, Red Box to Grassy Hollow Sat. Sept. 22nd
Hi all you climbers!
OC Rebel Kim Thanh has requested a climbing ride up Angeles Crest and since I cannot refuse a climbing ride, so it shall be! This is a lovely ride, better scenery than GMR with an overall excellent road surface. None of the climbs are super steep, but there are lots of long climbs! Like GMR, there are some descents on the way out, so you should expect some climbs on the way back down the mountain. There are two tunnels.
When? Saturday September 22nd, 7:30 AM meet, 8:00 AM Cleared for Take-Off!
Where to meet? Meet at the Red Box parking lot at the junction of CA 2 and Mount Wilson Observatory Road in La Canada Flintridge.
How to get there? In the morning, you can take the 5 North to the 2 North, then stay on the 2 (no longer a freeway North of the 210) all the way to Red Box at the junction of the 2 and Mt. Wilson Observatory Road. It’s about a 20-minute drive on the 2 (Angeles Crest) from the 210 to Red Box.
How to get back? Coming home (afternoon), I used the 210 to the 605, or for Orange County, the 210 to the 57. This avoids the traffic near downtown LA in the afternoon.
How far, How long? The ride is 80 miles, but its out and back so you can turn back earlier if you like. We will be riding from Red Box to Grassy Hollow and return over the same route. Red Box to Newcomb’s Ranch (regroup, water, Gatorade, food available) is 14 miles. Newcomb’s Ranch to Grassy Hollow is 26 miles (regroup). From Dawson’s Saddle, it’s a 6.5 mile descent to Vincent’s Gap, then a 3 mile climb to Grassy Hollow.
How High? How many feet of climbing? About 8,800. The highest point is not quite 8,000 ft. in altitude.
Bonus Feature! Kim's good friend Mike will be driving SAG up until the barricade (part of the route is closed to motor traffic). Look for a silver Dodge Diesel pick-up with a camper shell.
What to Bring? Bring at least two large water bottles and/or a Camelback, since beyond the barricade we will have no SAG support. Also bring your favorite energy bar or equivalent (Cliff Shots, Hammer Gel, etc.). There will be a food stop at approx. 14 miles at Newcomb's Ranch (kind of like the Cafe at Baldy Village).
Anything Else? Yes, to park at Red Box you will need a National Forest Service Adventure Pass. These come two ways: $5 for a day or $30 for a year. They are available at the Shell station just south of the 210 and 2 Freeway junction (i.e. pretty much on your way to the start). Note: If you park without an Adventure Pass, you will get a $5 fine, payable by mail.
Feel free to invite your friends (Forumittes, Rebels or not!) on this ride. This will be posted on the www.ocrebels.com site too so hopefully lots of the SoCal bikeforums and Rebel riders will be able to join us!
If you have any other Questions, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1.Why is it called “Red Box?” it’s called “Red Box,” because there is a large red box (with emergency supplies) in the parking lot!
2.Will there be a Bonus Climb? If 80 miles and 8,800 feet of climbing is not enough for you, the climb to the Mt. Wilson Observatory will be today’s “Bonus Climb” (not as tough as the Ski-Lifts on the GMR Bonus Climb!). The Mt. Wilson climb also starts from Red Box.
We had hoped to get the Very Famous Vertical Bob to lead this ride, but he may be out of town this weekend, so we'll just do it on our own! In any case, thanks Vertical Bob for all the info you’ve supplied to help with this ride!
Rick / OCRR