Welcome to SP!  -
Areas & RangesMountains & RocksRoutesImagesArticlesTrip ReportsGearOtherPeoplePlans & PartnersWhat's NewForum

Die, Angeles Crest Highway, Die!

Regional discussion and conditions reports for the Golden State. Please post partners requests and trip plans in the California Climbing Partners forum.
 

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:54 pm

Luciano136 wrote:I'd be totally fine with closing the area at the ski areas. It pretty much was like that for a while when the frog closure was in effect. I biked to Islip saddle then, snowshoed to Dawson saddle and went up Mt. Lewis. I didn't see another soul the whole day. It was magical.
Image





...on the snowed-over ACH, what a great x-c ski tour! From Kratka Ridge, as far as you can go toward Baden-Powell, then back before dark. I've done it several times in complete solitude. Six-foot icicles dangling from the tunnels, 60mph winds howling over the saddles. A great SoCal adventure with stunning views at every turn.

On a related note, I remember sorting my gear at Williamson while watching a guy as he crowbarred and hammered a route into existence there. I'm sure his project went on for many days, but in about 15 minutes he musta hacked away at least 300lbs. of rock!

~~steve
User Avatar
jesu, joy of man's desiring

 
Posts: 712
Joined: Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:54 pm
Thanked: 448 times in 333 posts

Postby johnm » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:42 pm

User Avatar
johnm

 
Posts: 433
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 4:29 am
Location: Glendale, California, United States
Thanked: 41 times in 27 posts

Postby Luciano136 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:03 am

x15x15 wrote:
fossana wrote:Just heard this morning on NPR that ACH will be closed from La Cañada to Islip for another 1.5+ months. Enjoy it while you can.


bwahahahaha... waterman is HOSED! All that snow with no road...


Sucks for the guy that finally reopened it.
User Avatar
Luciano136

 
Posts: 3735
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:46 pm
Location: Huntington Beach, California, United States
Thanked: 9 times in 8 posts

Postby Ze » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:15 am

fossana wrote:Just heard this morning on NPR that ACH will be closed from La Cañada to Islip for another 1.5+ months. Enjoy it while you can.


so they won't try to stop you from cycling up? hmmm....
User Avatar
Ze

 
Posts: 337
Joined: Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:50 am
Location: Bay Area, California, United States
Thanked: 60 times in 32 posts

Postby Sean Kenney » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:29 am

Ze wrote:
fossana wrote:Just heard this morning on NPR that ACH will be closed from La Cañada to Islip for another 1.5+ months. Enjoy it while you can.


so they won't try to stop you from cycling up? hmmm....


They just might. Last weekend I rode over Angeles Forest Hwy to Big Tujunga. Although there was no road closure listed on the NF site and the sign at Aliso Cyn Rd wasn't clear about using the road, the sheriffs told me it was closed to bikes and hikers. The sign I saw at Aliso and Angeles Forest said the area was closed due to the fire and requested that people remain on the highway. The sheriffs let me go about my ride but warned that the CHP might not be so friendly.

It was a nice ride. Except for a few sandy spots, from Acton to Tujunga is in perfect shape...minus all the plants and trees and animals. I tried to get up the road to Pacifico but the snow wasn't ridable.

The amount that burned is unbelievable.
User Avatar
Sean Kenney

 
Posts: 410
Joined: Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:04 pm
Location: Oak View, California, United States
Thanked: 46 times in 25 posts

Postby fatdad » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:01 am

x15x15 wrote:
fossana wrote:Just heard this morning on NPR that ACH will be closed from La Cañada to Islip for another 1.5+ months. Enjoy it while you can.


bwahahahaha... waterman is HOSED! All that snow with no road...


Totally figures doesn't it?
User Avatar
fatdad

 
Posts: 1396
Joined: Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:39 pm
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Thanked: 88 times in 62 posts

Postby fossana » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:12 am

Sean Kenney wrote:
Ze wrote:
fossana wrote:Just heard this morning on NPR that ACH will be closed from La Cañada to Islip for another 1.5+ months. Enjoy it while you can.


so they won't try to stop you from cycling up? hmmm....


They just might. Last weekend I rode over Angeles Forest Hwy to Big Tujunga. Although there was no road closure listed on the NF site and the sign at Aliso Cyn Rd wasn't clear about using the road, the sheriffs told me it was closed to bikes and hikers. The sign I saw at Aliso and Angeles Forest said the area was closed due to the fire and requested that people remain on the highway. The sheriffs let me go about my ride but warned that the CHP might not be so friendly.

It was a nice ride. Except for a few sandy spots, from Acton to Tujunga is in perfect shape...minus all the plants and trees and animals. I tried to get up the road to Pacifico but the snow wasn't ridable.

The amount that burned is unbelievable.


I also rode up there on my cross bike 2 weekends ago in the closed area (Glendale to Big Tujunga to AFH to ACH and back). I passed cops (1 at BT and 4-5 at the ACH entrance) and the road crew locking the gate in Big Tujunga. No one tried to stop me; I even explicitly asked the road crew. Surprisingly there were no other cyclists up there. Photos here.
User Avatar
fossana

 
Posts: 1008
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2003 9:31 pm
Location: Bishop, California, United States
Thanked: 38 times in 31 posts

Postby x15x15 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:52 pm

Gary Schenk wrote:Small slideshow (no pun intended!):


then why did i laugh so hard? blew my morning coffee on my scree!!! dangit gary!
User Avatar
x15x15

 
Posts: 279
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2003 4:48 pm
Thanked: 23 times in 16 posts

Postby x15x15 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:55 pm

fatdad wrote:
x15x15 wrote:
fossana wrote:Just heard this morning on NPR that ACH will be closed from La Cañada to Islip for another 1.5+ months. Enjoy it while you can.


bwahahahaha... waterman is HOSED! All that snow with no road...


Totally figures doesn't it?


brings a tear to my eye. that's the hill i learned to shred through the trees. every-now-and-then, waterman wojuld be blessed with bottomless powder... oh, that is a special hill.
User Avatar
x15x15

 
Posts: 279
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2003 4:48 pm
Thanked: 23 times in 16 posts

Postby Rob » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:45 pm

x15x15 wrote:
fatdad wrote:
x15x15 wrote:
fossana wrote:Just heard this morning on NPR that ACH will be closed from La Cañada to Islip for another 1.5+ months. Enjoy it while you can.


bwahahahaha... waterman is HOSED! All that snow with no road...


Totally figures doesn't it?


brings a tear to my eye. that's the hill i learned to shred through the trees. every-now-and-then, waterman wojuld be blessed with bottomless powder... oh, that is a special hill.


There is a detour to access Mt. Waterman through upper Big T. Not open now, but the owner of Waterman says they hope to be open NEXT weekend for skiing.
User Avatar
Rob

 
Posts: 1535
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2003 12:17 am
Location: Granada Hills, California, United States
Thanked: 43 times in 26 posts

Postby fossana » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:47 am

Shut down by a ranger today on my bike ride just before the Big Tujunga road closure b/c "they haven't had time to assess the new landslides and there's too much liability". He said to call the office in a few days to check on the status. Probably just bad timing on my part.
User Avatar
fossana

 
Posts: 1008
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2003 9:31 pm
Location: Bishop, California, United States
Thanked: 38 times in 31 posts

"Red Box" or Chilao

Postby WileyCoyote » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:13 pm

Why not just run the ACH up to the ol' Red Box point or no further than Chilao as both still have decent size turnouts and limit vehicle size past Clear Creek RS fro there up to one of those two points??

That would leave the ACH clear of motorized vehicles except for fire trucks and maintenance vehicles from backside of Mt. Wilson. This would leave plenty of road for access to Mbers w/o hazard of motorcycles and knuckleheads driving cars and trucks too fast coming down to Red Box or Chilao. It would also leave parts of gabrielino and PCT free of the same hazards or distractions.

Gary, the ACH will never be torn down or just let nature take its course. Using your thinking and logic, I'm sure Tongva and the other four nations they had contact with from around what we call the San Gabriels would like MBers and all motorized vehicle alike out of the ANF. And they would probably look at climbers in a similar vein.
WileyCoyote

 
Posts: 19
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:53 am
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Thanked: 0 time in 0 post

Postby Rob » Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:45 am

ACH update: Still closed.

News story about Mt. Waterman:
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=7300998
User Avatar
Rob

 
Posts: 1535
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2003 12:17 am
Location: Granada Hills, California, United States
Thanked: 43 times in 26 posts

Postby tiogap » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:44 pm

I recently talked to a ANF ranger. He says that word on the street is that ACH will not be open before June, or July at the earliest. this is at the behest of Caltrans. Thats not to say that you won't be able to access the forest from the Wrightwood side
User Avatar
tiogap

 
Posts: 851
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2001 11:07 pm
Thanked: 0 time in 0 post

Postby Rob » Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:56 pm

tiogap wrote:I recently talked to a ANF ranger. He says that word on the street is that ACH will not be open before June, or July at the earliest. this is at the behest of Caltrans. Thats not to say that you won't be able to access the forest from the Wrightwood side


Well, as a loyal Mt. Waterman skier, I've been obsessively checking the snow phone for updates, since the Cal Trans site is pretty much never accurate. So the recording is now saying that they have the road cleared all the way up, but it's closed for public safety, until the storm passes. The route that is available goes up Big Tujunga to upper Big-T, which are L.A. County not CalTrans juristiction, and that's the part that's closed for now. The front route, from La Canada to Mount Wilson is closed due to road damage, and will take time to fix (so they say).

So, bottom line is, that the road could possibly be open by next Friday, or sooner...fingers crossed. 8)[/u]
User Avatar
Rob

 
Posts: 1535
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2003 12:17 am
Location: Granada Hills, California, United States
Thanked: 43 times in 26 posts

PreviousNext

Return to California

 


  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

© 2006-2013 SummitPost.org. All Rights Reserved.