Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Regional Discussions > Southern California
Reload this Page >

CA 39 from Crystal Lake to CA 2

Southern California Southern California

CA 39 from Crystal Lake to CA 2

Old 03-05-12, 03:14 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
CA 39 from Crystal Lake to CA 2

I've been trying to find information about road conditions on Hwy 39 past the 3rd gate at crystal lake but I haven't been able to find any new information since the highway was reopened up to Crystal lake a year ago. I've been up to that gate and seen that the road is still closed beyond there but sites like strava indicate that people have been riding all the way up to Hwy 2 as recently as a few months ago. My main questions are:

1) What are the road conditions like beyond the gate? Is the road rideable both up and down?
2) Was this project (https://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/resourc...inal_sigv2.pdf) approved and is there active construction during the week above the 3rd gate?
3) Is there law enforcement around that area that will chase me off if I try to ride up there?

This and any information those of you with experience on the upper parts of 39 can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
DasDingus is offline  
Old 03-05-12, 06:55 PM
Senior Member
Lesper4's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: So Cal - Fontana
Posts: 1,274

Bikes: 2008 Cannondale CAAD9 5, 1995 Cannondale CAD F300 hardtail

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Vertical Bob seem to head that way frequently, you might want to PM him.
Lesper4 is offline  
Old 03-05-12, 07:04 PM
Rick@OCRR's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles area
Posts: 6,186

Bikes: Several bikes, Road, Mountain, Commute, etc.

Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 2 Posts
I've been up there a couple of times this year and I would call the conditions bad, but quite ride-able. Yes, there are rocks on the road, lots of them.

If you are skillful and don't try to ride through them faster than your skill level, you'll be fine.

Okay, worst case, you can cut a sidewall or fall down. Just take it easy, at least the first time up, to evaluate how it feels to you. I'm good with it!

Rick / OCRR
Rick@OCRR is offline  
Old 03-06-12, 09:19 PM
diphthong's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: insane diego, california
Posts: 8,433

Bikes: 85 pinarello treviso steel, 88 nishiki olympic steel. 95 look kg 131 carbon, 11 trek madone 5.2 carbon

Liked 3,279 Times in 1,756 Posts
was up there feb 10th. parked near the store and rode up to the gate closure. from there, it's approx 5 miles to the junction with hwy 2. road condition was fair (obviously more noticeable on the way down-tried to keep speeds below 30mph through that stretch) and the road was being cleared by two caltrans maintenance snowplow/rockplow trucks. rode past them about halfway up and they both waved back. grade is fairly consistent; never steep but never flat. a little bit of snow in some of the northwest facing crevices on the 39 resulting in snowmelt trickling across the road in the last 1.5 miles.

once up to hwy 2, i continued to have the road all to myself. encountered one touring motorcycle, one sedan and one smaller motorhome in the course of about 20 miles.
donned my rainproof wind jacket for the descent and plenty glad i brought it. even though it was one of those nearly 80 degree days in azuza below, i knew it would be 25+ degrees colder near dawson saddle and the upper reaches of the 2. still plenty of snow up there at road's edge.

i know i lucked out that day having had the workers clear the upper stretches of rocks but they still missed a few. just take it easy on the descent. it's all downhill and the scenery is stunning so there's no rush. it's a southern california must-do and you won't regret it. it was so quiet up there, i was able to play music on my phone in my jersey pocket for the whole 30+mile ride w/o needing headphones. can't do that on enough rides in so cal. thought i would see at least one other cyclist but no dice.

Last edited by diphthong; 03-06-12 at 09:22 PM.
diphthong is offline  
Old 03-06-12, 10:36 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Valley Glen Ca.
Posts: 1,170
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
We were there last Saturday. Got almost to AC when the road was covered with a couple of inches of snow. Could have walked through but it was cold and windy and we weren't going past AC anyway so we went down. There have been years where we hit 8 feet of snow there.
vertical bob is offline  
Old 03-07-12, 12:37 PM
Senior Member
Lesper4's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: So Cal - Fontana
Posts: 1,274

Bikes: 2008 Cannondale CAAD9 5, 1995 Cannondale CAD F300 hardtail

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have seen Rallison's pictures then I think, those are cool looking.
Lesper4 is offline  
Old 03-07-12, 06:28 PM
Senior Member
bitingduck's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,170
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I was up there this past saturday, too, but missed Bob. There are rocks scattered all over, but it's quite rideable, and even the likelihood of sidewall cuts is pretty low.

There were two patches of snow-- one shallow and rideable, and one large slide that was walkable if you didn't mind getting your feet wet. I had wool socks. We rode all the way up to Dawson Saddle on saturday, and have been riding up there pretty regularly (going to Newcomb's and back, or going all the way around and down the 2). There's snow on the side of the 2 up to Dawson, but the road is clear.

edit: and I think all the construction equipment is gone. Caltrans is trying to abandon Hwy 39 because it's too expensive to maintain. It's nice with it open and clear to Crystal Lake-- there's very little traffic above the West Fork picnic area, and it's nice having the snack bar open up there.
Track - the other off-road
bitingduck is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Pacific Northwest
06-18-16 11:52 PM
Northern California
08-26-15 08:34 AM
2 wheeler
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
11-27-13 11:31 AM
Alex & Deya
Southern California
05-01-12 05:43 PM
12-30-10 04:14 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.