Angeles Crest Scenic Byway: La Canada to Mountain Top Junction Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A sixty-six-mile-long highway that climbs from La Canada to the lofty, forested crest of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. The Angeles Crest Highway is simply breathtaking. It’s one of southern California’s best scenic drives. The two-lane, paved road ascends to the twisting crest of the San Gabriel Mountains north of the Los Angeles Basin. The spectacular road, far removed from the hustle, smog, and traffic of nearby cities, accesses startling landscapes that seem out of character with the usual conceptions of southern California. A rare peace is found atop these mountains. The wind, sweeping off the ocean, whispers through ancient limber pines at timberline; long views of other snowcapped ranges, dusty desert basins, and distant city streets stretch out beyond abrupt ridges; and the elemental earth seems unchanging and almost unmarked by the passage of man. The mountains are chaotic, shaped and changed by faults, uplifts, and earthquakes. Its ecosystems include dense chaparral-covered hillsides, windy boreal forests, and woody glades filled with wildflowers and ferns. Special attractions: Angeles National Forest, Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Wilson Observatory, San Gabriel Wilderness Area, Sheep Mountain Wilderness Area, San Andreas Rift Zone, Mount Wilson Viewpoint, Devil’s Canyon Overlook, skiing, camping, hiking, scenic views, cool summer temperatures. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."