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Los Angeles, CA: Mill Creek Summit 

Leave Los Angeles behind on this 57-mile ride that climbs soaring canyon roads across the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Author: Team Bearclaw
Date: 14 Feb 2008 4:08:08 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: California (CA)
Distance: 56.88 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 11748 ft
Total Loss: 11747 ft
Net Change: 1 ft
Difficulty: 8 / 10
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Montrose, San Gabriel Mountains
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Start from the Rose Bowl and use the first 5 miles to warm up -- climbing begins in earnest on the first mile of the Angeles Crest Highway (the steepest of the whole ride). After the first bend on the Crest, the San Gabriel Mountains envelope the road, making L.A. feel like it’s a universe away. A little over 12 miles into the climb, you’ll crest Clear Creek and be treated to spectacular views of Red Box Canyon to the east and the Grapevine Mountains to the northwest. After a deserved descent on Angeles Forest Highway, you’ll encounter roughly 8 miles of rolling terrain before the final 8-mile challenge to the summit.

-Mapped by Team Bearclaw.

TO TRAILHEAD: This ride starts from the Rosebowl in Pasadena.

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Los Angeles, CA: Mill Creek Summit

Distance: 56.88 mi Points: 2564
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - Head north on West Dr. Then go 0.49 mi
2 0.49 mi Bear Left - Salvia Canyon Rd. Then go 0.34 mi
3 0.84 mi Turn Right - Linda Vista Ave./Rt. 159 Then go 1.26 mi
4 2.10 mi Straight - Continue on Highland Dr. Then go 0.32 mi
5 2.41 mi Bear Right - Berkshire Ave. Then go 0.98 mi
6 3.39 mi Turn Right - Oakwood Ave. Then go 1.15 mi
7 4.54 mi Bear Left - Continue on Lynnhaven Ln. Then go 0.50 mi
8 5.05 mi Turn Left - Green Ln. Then go 0.08 mi
9 5.12 mi Turn Right - Angeles Crest Hwy./Hwy. 2 Then go 8.73 mi
10 13.85 mi Turn Left - Angeles Forest Hwy. Then go 14.59 mi
11 28.44 mi U-Turn - Back to the start Then go 14.61 mi
12 43.05 mi Turn Right - Angeles Crest Hwy./Hwy. 2 Then go 8.68 mi
13 51.74 mi Turn Left - Green Ln. Then go 0.08 mi
14 51.81 mi Turn Right - Princess Anne Rd. Then go 1.66 mi
15 53.47 mi Turn Left - Berkshire Ave. Then go 0.95 mi
16 54.42 mi Straight - Onto Highland Dr. Then go 1.62 mi
17 56.04 mi Bear Left - Salvia Canyon Rd. Then go 0.32 mi
18 56.35 mi Bear Right - West Dr. Then go 0.53 mi
19 56.88 mi Stop - Parking lot

Points of Interest

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A steady climb

Rose Bowl

Location: 34.155568, -118.175812
The Rose Bowl

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Clear Creek

Rose Bowl

Location: 34.155568, -118.175812
Team Bearclaw gathers at the Rose Bowl

Montrose Bike Shop

Location: 34.207703, -118.233554
A possible pit-stop on the way out of town.

The climb begins

Location: 34.223140, -118.190103
The first mile of climbing on Angeles Crest Highway is perhaps the steepest of the ride.

Road tunnel before Hidden Springs

Location: 34.313795, -118.135718
After this tunnel, 8 miles of climbing remain. The first five average about 4 percent, while the last three kick up to a 6 to 7 percent grade.

Hidden Springs Cafe

Location: 34.328597, -118.121293
Hidden Springs Cafe: A small diner-style cafe run by some true mountain folk. Good burgers.

Approaching Mill Creek

Location: 34.335144, -118.112254
The top of the Mill Creek climb is visible from well below the summit, which can make this climb feel long one at times.

Mill Creek Summit

Location: 34.391790, -118.081269
Mill Creek Summit The weather is likely to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler at the 4,900-foot summit; depending on the time of year, extra layers for the descent are a good idea.


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