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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: Possible National Park entrance fees
Length, One-Way: 55 Miles (91.67 Kilometers)
Time: 1 + hours @ 35 mph

General Information

The Angeles Crest Highway through the Angeles National Forest winds along the spine of the San Gabriel Mountains
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
The Angeles Crest Highway through the Angeles National Forest winds along the spine of the San Gabriel Mountains
Description - The Angeles Crest Highway offers a scenic, secluded getaway, the entrance of which is only minutes from the city of Los Angeles. The other end of the highway is less than 10 miles from Interstate 15, offering a scenic alternative for navigating to the big city. The highway, as it winds along the San Gabriel Mountains, offers spectacular views of nearby mountains and valleys. Several vista points along the road offer the traveler expansive views of the Mojave Desert, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.

Attractions - The scenic route climbs from around 1,500 feet at one end in La Canada, to 7,901 feet at its highest point at Dawson Saddle. Many travelers consider the drive the most scenic in Southern California. Mt. Wilson and the Mt. Wilson observatory are accessible from the byway, offering fantastic views of the Los Angeles Basin on those rare, clear days. The byway also provides access to many trails and camping areas in the forest. For the traveler who has yet to experience the many natural wonders around Los Angeles, the Angeles Crest Scenic Highway offers rewarding proof that wilderness and natural beauty are only minutes from the Los Angeles metropolis.

This enjoyable route is close to a number of cities, sights and attractions:
La Canada - located on the south end of the byway, offers many services for the traveler.

Wrightwood - a resort town, only a few miles east of the east end of the byway, offers a unique village appeal and many visitor services.

Angeles National Forest - established by Executive Order in December, 1892. It covers over 650,000 acres and is the backyard playground to the huge metropolitan area of Los Angeles.

Chilao Visitor`s Center - located at the halfway point of the byway, the visitor's center features information ranging from Native Americans to the importance of forests. Nature trails and bird watching are popular activities here.

Grassy Hollow Visitor Center - located on Highway 2, 6 miles west of the town of Wrightwood, CA. Exhibits tell the story of this rugged, wind-swept area.

Mount Wilson Observatory - This famous astronomical research facility is the place where important revolutions in science have occurred.

Recreation - The Route 2--Part of the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway is known for it's archeology, natural, recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California.

Location - The Angeles Crest Scenic Highway runs 55 miles across California Route 2, from La Canada, north of Los Angeles, to the San Bernadino County line, just west of the resort town of Wrightwood.

From La Canada enter Route 2 from Highway 210. Route 2 heads north up and into the San Gabriel Mountains. About 15 miles later the byway passes the entrance to Red Box Road, access to Mt. Wilson and the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The corridor continues to the northeast, eventually passing some ski areas, and crossing into San Bernadino County - the official end of the byway. Route 2 continues on through the town of Wrightwood, to its intersection with Route 138. Driving south on Route 138 provides access to Interstate 15. Driving north on Route 138 eventually brings the traveler to Palmdale.

Note: This is a two lane road that is steep at times and slow to travel.

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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