Angeles National Forest, Arcadia

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  • Wow, this is a good warm-up hill run, then a super steep mountain run/walk/climb. Usually warm temperatures, this is a good challenge to build your hill running endurance. Great views of LA valley.  more »
  • Great drive on the Angeles Forest Highway from the Antelope Valley over into the LA foothill and basin. Not your typical “forest,” as there are few trees, it is nonetheless scenic and beautiful in its...  more »
  • Go to see why they call it a forest. I could never figure it out. Maybe you can. This review is long because it has to be.  more »
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  • Riding my motorcycle heading west along Lake Elizabeth Road through the meandering highway to Leona Valley where you come to a VERY small town with big expensive homes. You immediately feel calm and tranquil. The locals are pleasant and happy to have you pass through. Watch your speed going through town because your traveling at 50-55 mph and suddenly a stop sign and a posted 40 mph out of nowhere is presented. Can you say speed trap? Country dining and ranch style living is the general theme. Enjoy!
  • I had a wonderful hike down into the Devil's Punch Bowl and up to the Devil's Chair. The trail down into the Bowl is somewhat marked, so it is easy to get off trail, but I never felt in dander of getting lost. The trail up to the Chair is very clear and well maintained, no chance of getting lost. All the information I read before going said these trails are easy and for beginners. Maybe I am just a flatlander (from Michigan), but I found both trails to require exertion. The Bowl is often seriously steep and filled with loose soil. The trail to the Chair is much more solid, but the first mile is steep. Once that first mile is complete, the path levels out a bit (still lots of up and down, but not the long steady incline). Also, if you have a fear of heights, this could be a challenging hike. I am not afraid of heights, but at times I felt a bit of vertigo. Now having said all of that, these were beautiful hikes which I highly recommend. There are beautiful views around every turn and you get to walk through both desert landscapes and pine forests.
  • Great hike. 5 miles in to the bridge to nowhere, them 5 miles back out. Rained heavily the day before so the river was higher and much faster than normal. Great trail rate it as moderate. There is some portions of the trail that are Rocky and narrow. Stay to the east side of the river, the trail is much easier. You will have to cross the river several times so expect to get your feet wet. Takes about 5 hours including a hour at the bridge. Great trail!
  • A California jewel and necessary decompression tool. A bit of a cruise, but that's why they call it a "getaway", right? Beautiful views and new places to discover. Wrightwood is a favorite area of mine. Make sure your car is in tip-top shape because often you will be gaining altitude on winding roads. Drive with caution and courtesy. Also, take the opportunity to fill up when you can because gas stations can be scarce. This ain't the city, man! Give yourself a mini-vacation and get out in it!
  • Had a great day up near the bridge just past the town of Baldy. Took the dogs out for some fresh air and some free roaming. Had a blast and wasn't busy up here at all. Still early in the season I'm guessing.
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