upcoming century ride-best exit route(s) from wrightwood to baseline dr. area...??
looking to do a century in the san gabriel mtns/angeles ntl forest starting in azuza and exiting the mountains in the wrightwood area.
not clear on what is the best route to take from wrightwood e/se to the baseline rd area to loop back through upland, clairemont, et al
to azuza. any recommendations from the locals? will be on a road bike so pavement is preferred but dirt road(s) are fine too as long as
they are 'hard-packed' and generally navigable on 700x23 tires. thanks in advance for your helpful replies!
Not personally familiar with the area, but it seems that there are basically two options.
1. Lone Pine Canyon Road (paved), 138, short stretch on the shoulder of the 15, Cajon Boulevard. You're riding on the shoulder for about 1 mile, it's legal, and it's a slight dowhill. There's a weigh station there and I think you have to go through it.
2. Lone Pine Canyon Road, Swarthout Canyon Road, Cajon Boulevard. Swarthout 4 miles long and it is marked on the forest map as "improved dirt road, suitable for passenger cars".
You can try Swarthout and, if it's too gnarly (which it shouldn't be if it's maintained as promised), turn around and take the freeway.
thanks everyone! looks like i will give swartout canyon rd a try. from the picture, it looks pretty hard-packed. of course, i would expect some soft spots/section over a 4+ mile stretch down to cajon blvd.
really trying to avoid riding on the 15 fwy. will find out in may how navigable it is for roadies and report back.