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Old 11-22-10, 11:41 PM
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La crescenta area rides/mt Wilson?

I'm in southern California with the family this week and looking for ride ideas. I was originally planning on doing the big tujunga/angles crest loop tomorrow but looks like hwy 2 isn't opened yet. So, for now I am planning an up/back on big tujunga tomorrow.

How's the traffic going up big tujunga these days, and how far up can I go? Mt Wilson possible?

Also, any other suggestions for routes nearby? Probably looking at 2-5 hr rides this week. I spend most of my time riding in the Sierra foothills outside Sacramento. This is an unstructured week on my training plan so looking for some good rides.
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The couple times I've done Big Tujunga, there have been moderate levels of traffic. You generally won't go too long between seeing vehicles, but you also won't be passed every couple of seconds either. If you want to hit Mt. Wilson via Big Tujunga/Upper Big Tujunga, you will be in for a long day. Here is the one way up:

https://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/ca...29049487227084

Round trip will be ~70 miles of riding with ~6k of elevation gain. Personally, I find Big T and Upper Big T to be somewhat mind numbing. Probably my least favorite mountain cycling in the LA/OC area. Others may disagree.

If you are set on Angeles Crest/Mt. Wilson, you could also drive the Big T/Upper Big T section and park along Angeles Crest (there are a few areas where you can park...I forget the names though...also, you'll need a forest service day pass for $5 to park there). This would actually be a nice option as the traffic along Angeles Crest right now, due to the closure lower down, is extremely low. You would almost have the road to yourself.

Other options would be to drive over to the Glendora/Azusa area and either hit up Glendora Mountain Road/Glendora Ridge Road/Mt. Baldy Rd (epic) or CA-39 (also rather epic, and closed to cars from ~3k ft to 6600 ft) or just straight up Mt. Baldy Road (very stout). There are also tons of great, shorter climbs in the San Gabriels.

For other climb ideas, here is my google maps listing of all of my ride reports. I've got many of the SoCal climbs documented.

Oh, and bring some winter clothing. The mountains out here are tall and can get cold and wild this time of year.
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Thanks for the great reply and links. Glendora/mt baldy looks awesome - hope to get there wed or thurs. Tomorrow i have a short window, so I'll have to leave from the house and will check out going up big tujunga part way.

All set for the cold-I hit snow already at 4500ft outside of Foresthill 10 days ago. Dropped even lower this past weekend
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If you're riding Big T, be aware that Angeles Crest is closed between La Canada and Red Box. (Red Box is the intersection at Angeles Crest where the 6 mile climb to Mt. Baldy starts.) So - you'll need to take the "long way" around via Big T to Angeles Crest, then ride back towards Red Box. I did that ride starting in Sunland earlier in the year; and it ended up at 88 miles.
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If you want to ride with some others on Thursday be at the Jack in the Box at Foothill and Oro Vista at 8:30.
They/we will go up Big T and who knows how far. Plus, we can tell you all about local routes.
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Originally Posted by rooftest
If you're riding Big T, be aware that Angeles Crest is closed between La Canada and Red Box. (Red Box is the intersection at Angeles Crest where the 6 mile climb to Mt. Baldy starts.) So - you'll need to take the "long way" around via Big T to Angeles Crest, then ride back towards Red Box. I did that ride starting in Sunland earlier in the year; and it ended up at 88 miles.
I should have been more explicit in my reply in stating that, actually. The map I linked to reflects that (and the long route you have to take), but it is essential information to know. Thanks for making it clearer than I did. Also, for anyone wondering, rooftest meant to say Mt. Wilson, not Mt. Baldy.
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Originally Posted by GB Cycle
Glendora/mt baldy looks awesome - hope to get there wed or thurs.
Note that wunderground.com is predicting possible snow earlier on Wednesday for Baldy, although it should clear up later in the day. Highs will be in the 30s at higher elevations that day. Thursday is predicted to be nice and sunny and a bit warmer, so that might be your best shot.

Wait. Actually, there is one problem with Thursday. It looks like it is now official that Mt. Baldy opens for the ski season on Thursday. If you want to ride the last stretch from Baldy Village to the lifts (essential, in my opinion), traffic might be heavy, especially earlier in the morning.

Well, whatever you choose, have fun with your riding!
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Thanks all for the additional info. Looks like I'll be limited to the Big T area this week based on our family schedule. I've ridden up that way the past 2 mornings. I'm about 5 miles from the Big T/Mt Gleason intersection. Today I went up about 21 miles (16 on Big T, just starting to head towards redbox) before I had to turn around and head home for the day's activities. Traffic has been very light, and I've seen about 4 other cyclists in two days.

I'll have to plan an extra day next time down here so I can experience the Glendora/Mt Baldy ride.

BigJohn - thanks for the invite, but unfortunately I need to be home & showered by about 10:30, so I am hoping to be on the bike around 7:15 or so. Probably see you guys on my way back home. I'll be in my VictoryVelo blue & white kit, with a blue windbreaker 1st thing & on the descent back down.

One last question: Given I am doing an out & back, will I get more climbing in turning on Big T towards Redbox, or staying on Angeles Forest Hwy? It's been hard to get a good read on that looking at the mapmyride routes & google maps.

thanks again.
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Might be too late but I think you are talking about Big T to Angeles Forest to Upper Big T? If so, you can stay on Angeles Forest and it's a 6 mile climb up to Mill Creek Summit or turn onto Upper Big T and it's 9 miles of up and down over to Angeles Crest. If you wanted to get to Red Box you would turn right at that point, I think Angeles Forest is still closed at the top of (lower) Big T if you try to turn right.
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Originally Posted by big john
Might be too late but I think you are talking about Big T to Angeles Forest to Upper Big T? If so, you can stay on Angeles Forest and it's a 6 mile climb up to Mill Creek Summit or turn onto Upper Big T and it's 9 miles of up and down over to Angeles Crest. If you wanted to get to Red Box you would turn right at that point, I think Angeles Forest is still closed at the top of (lower) Big T if you try to turn right.
Not too late at all...thanks, exactly what I was looking for. Schedule yesterday was too tight, so I rode today instead. Didn't quite make it to Mill Creek Summit before I had to turnaround, but the extra few miles of climbing were just what I was looking for. thanks again.
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Originally Posted by big john
I think Angeles Forest is still closed at the top of (lower) Big T if you try to turn right.
The sign at Big T and AF says closed to thru traffic. We went that way Thursday. While at Cleercreek a couple of guys on bikes came up from AC. Said no one was manning the gate at the bottom so a few of us went down that way. No problem, but I wouldn't do that on a work day. They are still working on 2 places on AC. Hope they finish soon.
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