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Old 02-05-16, 04:02 PM
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Angelus Oaks Onyx water stops?

Are there any places to fill up water bottles on the way up to Onyx summit from Mill Creek Ranger's Station?

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angeles oaks has a general store approx 9 miles from the mill creek ranger station. there is a porta potty (in the summer-haven't ridden any other season)
along hwy 38 (on the left/north side ascending) along with a water fountain in the jenks lake area (seem to remember it next to some outdoor amphitheater/gathering area)
a further 6 or so miles up. don't remember anything else until cresting onyx summit and descending to the town of big bear. it's a long slog uphill from the ranger station (28 miles or so)
so start hydrating 2 days before and ride with at least 2 water bottles. if the temps are 70 degrees +, you'll need to throw an extra water bottle in a jersey pocket
unless you're supremely hydrated. once past angeles oaks, the ascent isn't that exciting/scenic till the last mile before onyx summit,
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During spring/summer/fall your first water stop when ascending would be Angeles Oaks. Next would be Barton Flats; the car campgrounds along Hwy 38 all should** have water as well as the small visitors center (when its open, usually weekends only). Jenks Lake is kinda far off Hwy 38, I wouldn't recommend it. Last would be the Heart Bar area; there's a car campground and a horse campground. If you're really dry near Onyx there's a lot of private homes off the highway - some folks are quite accommodating, others not so much.

** = check with the ranger station to make the campgrounds are open and the water is turned on before you go.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga
angeles oaks has a general store approx 9 miles from the mill creek ranger station. there is a porta potty (in the summer-haven't ridden any other season
Great advice. The general store is now closed. I asked one of the locals, he said closed since July 2015, the high rent drove them out. Unfortunate, because the owner, Gary, was a good guy.
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yikes. that is a real shame. now that climb is even more difficult.
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Originally Posted by skidder
** = check with the ranger station to make the campgrounds are open and the water is turned on before you go.
I called Mill Creek, they said the water will be turned on at the campgrounds around May.
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Originally Posted by eyemage
Great advice. The general store is now closed. I asked one of the locals, he said closed since July 2015, the high rent drove them out. Unfortunate, because the owner, Gary, was a good guy.
Isn't the restaurant open at Angeles Oaks ?
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If the general store is closed the Mexican restaurant would be another choice in Angeles Oaks. Worst case you could divert off the highway and visit the fire station - its about 1/2 mile along a side road to the San Bernardino Peak trailhead (not all the way to the trailhead!), just follow the trailhead directional signs.
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I used to always get a soda and chips in the restaurant till I was told about the general store guess it s back to that as they didnt mind.
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