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Any good riding around Pasadena CA?(11 posts)

Any good riding around Pasadena CA?Funston
Jan 16, 2003 9:12 AM
I'm going to pick up a piano on Saturday in San Gabriel and will be coming down Friday night from NorCal. Probably stay over in Pasadena area for the night. Thought I'd bring a bike and ride Saturday morning before I pick up the piano at 1pm.

Anybody know the territory there, and can recommend a good three hour ride? Preferably away from heavy traffic; scenery; climbs are welcome. Isn't there a national forest in the hills behind Pasadena?
That forest has been the backdrop to many a crime. (nm)onespeed
Jan 16, 2003 9:32 AM
Angles Crest HYNessism
Jan 16, 2003 9:39 AM
Road starts in LaCanada. Ride up as far as time allows and then turn around. Depending on how fast you are, you can make a loop at Big Tuhunga(sp) Caynon road. This route has a fair amount of traffic on it but there is a reasonable shoulder to ride on. This is basically a mountain road so be advised that you will be climbing most of the way up. Be sure to have appropriate gearing.

Good luck.

Jan 16, 2003 10:07 AM
Take it all the way up to Mt. Wilson if you can, where you should get a spectacular view of the entire L.A. Area. This time of year there might be snow along the way.
Let's hope the winds die down by Saturday.fracisco
Jan 16, 2003 10:59 AM
Breezy, Santa Ana day here in L.A. I would imagine that today would be tough up the Angeles Crest Hwy.

I have heard a lot of recommendations for Velo Pasadena, so maybe someone at the shop could give you a rec.
Thanks for infoFunston
Jan 17, 2003 9:48 AM
Looks like i'll try heading up the angeles crest hwy to the top of the mountain for the scenery if it's a clear day.
Thanks for infoserbski
Jan 17, 2003 2:48 PM
You'll probably see the signs anyway but *just in case* make sure to hang a right at the Red Box Ranger Station to hit the Mt.Wilson overlook/parking lot etc. Those last five miles after Red Box are a whopper (look out for debris on the shoulder from rock slides and such). Have a good safe ride. The weather was *perfect* up there on thursday...
re: Any good riding around Pasadena CA?mickey-mac
Jan 17, 2003 6:04 PM
Forget about the discarded corpses and the winds; ride the Angeles National Forest on Saturday. Angeles Crest should be your best bet. AC to Angeles Forest to Big Tujunga would also be another good ride. You can then take Foothill back to Pasadena. However, I'd try to get an early start. Weekend traffic going up the mountain may be heavy, especially with the 80+ degree temps we've had this week. Have fun and maybe I'll see you out there. I'll be on the blue Strong.
Did anyone ride in the Angeles today?mickey-mac
Jan 18, 2003 12:32 PM
Today was about as close as they come to perfect in the Angeles: crystal clear air, morning temps in the upper 60s to low 70s, with high of about 80, and little to no wind. For such a nice day, motor vehicle traffic was pretty light. However, lots of folks were out on the road and the trails on bikes. I also saw a Boy Scout troop starting on a hike, decked out like it was mid-August: all in shorts and short-sleeve shirts. The Angeles really is a wonder; it's so close to all the congestion but seems a million miles away when you're up there. Praise be to the Cycling Gods.
Jan 19, 2003 9:35 PM
I got a late start on Friday; came down 395 and at 1030 wheezed into Palmdale and grabbed the last room at Motel 6. Oh why don't I learn, the reason its called Motel 6 is because that's the maximum number of hours sleep you can expect to get if you're lucky. Getting awakened in the middle of the night is de rigeur at that establishment; the main feature this night was provided by some dudes who parked in the Denny's next door at 3AM after the bars closed down, playing some syrupy ballads on a boombox with a hellacious bass that two cheap pillows pulled over my head couldn't extinguish.

When I finally rolled out of bed it was 8 so I decided to jump on my bike and ride up the Angeles Forest highway from Palmdale which goes over the mountains and down to the Crest highway. I climbed around 15 miles before I turned around which happened to be a mile or so just before the summit (I drove over and down to Pasedena later - the white Dodge pickup). It would have been nice to have more time, as it was a fine day as you said, not too much traffic; the scenery was intersting; and the road was a nice change from my usual - climbs weren't terribly steep, but it's a looooong way to the top.

You have a nice place to ride. I'd love to come back another time and have a free day to spend in those hills.
The other side of the mountainmickey-mac
Jan 19, 2003 10:25 PM
I've never done the Angeles from the Palmdale side. I believe you start at a higher location over there than you do on the LA side. However, I do know a guy who made a wrong turn on the Angeles Crest Century and ended up in Palmdale. He had to call his wife to come and pick him up. I'm sorry about the Motel 6 experience but happy you got out for a ride on beautiful day. The Angeles is definitely worth exploring if you ever have more time down here.