I frequent the area surrounding Glendora Mountain Road. But lately, the numerous cyclists have been joined by scores of motorcycles and street racing cars making one of my favorite cycling havens a dangerous place for cyclists. 165 car crashes in five years--that's excessive.
So I started exploring higher up Asuza Canyon on old highway 39. Once I past the West Fork gate, this roadway is closed to automobile traffic making it the ideal place for cyclist to climb in safety. The roadway is in good condition except for the last 3 miles approaching Islip Saddle. This roadway rises at an average 5.9% and rises ~5000' in 14 miles. The entire route is rideable at present. Once you reach Islip Saddle you can descend on open roads to La Canada. Or you can turn right beyond the closed gates and continue on Angeles Crest. There you have another 1300 feet for climbing and 12 more miles of beautiful closed asphalt until you reach Vincent Gap.
I've ridden this three times now and have encountered no more than five other cyclists.
Why does no one ride here?
My friends and I climbing near Crystal Lake
Icy cold snow melt is cool and refreshing. But not recommended for drinking
Nothing but silence and empty treelined roadways
That's Palmdale in the background
Dawson Saddle--7901 Feet above sea level