San Gabriel Mountains
name=San Gabriel Mountains
image_caption=Summits in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains,
Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino County, California. The main peaks are: Telegraph Peak 8985' (left), Cucamonga Peak8859' (center), Ontario Peak 8693' (center right). As seen from Baldy Bowl on Mount Baldy.
state = California
region_type = Counties
region= Los Angeles
region1= San Bernardino
highest=Mount San Antonio
The San Gabriel Mountains are located in northern Los Angeles County and western
San Bernardino County, California, USA. The mountain range forms a barrier between the Greater Los Angeles Areaand the Mojave Desert. This Transverse Rangelies in and is surrounded by the Angeles National Forestwith the San Andreas Faultas the northern border to the range. The highest peak in the range is Mount San Antonio, commonly referred to as Mt. Baldy. Mount Wilson is another famous peak, famed for the Mount Wilson Observatory. The observatory may be visited by the public.
The main road that runs through the San Gabriel Mountains is the
Angeles Crest Highway, State Route 2. It starts in the southwest at the city of La Canada Flintridge and ends at its junction with State Route 138 just past Wrightwood near the Victor Valley. Past its junction with Angeles Forest Highway traveling east, Angeles Crest Highway suffers from blind curves, and various bumps and potholes. This section of the "Crest" is closed during the winter due to rockfall and avalanche hazards. State Route 2 just past Mountain Highis called the Big Pines Highway all the way to the 138 junction.
Another key county route which connects
Angelenos to and through the mountains is Angeles Forest Highway. Angeles Forest Highway begins 11 miles northeast of La Canada Flintridge at its Angeles Crest Highway junction. Ending near Acton, it allows easy access to the central Forest and the fast growing Antelope Valley. Because the "Forest" and the 11 mile "Crest" portion leading to La Canada Flintridge is well traveled by Antelope Valley commuters, its road maintenance is much better, and is open much of the winter.
In the winter snowboarding and snow skiing is quite popular in the San Gabriels at
Mountain High, and Mt. Baldy. There are two other resorts ( Mount Watermanand Kratka Ridge) but they are rarely open. In the summer, canyoneering, hiking, backpacking, picnicking and camping are some of the activities of its visitors. From time to time, a hiker gets lost or stuck on a mountain ledge, or may fall downhill. Some of the more extreme cases of emergency search and rescue will often be given air time on Los Angeles television and radio newscasts.
The San Gabriel Mountains accommodate a few winter resorts which are:
Sorted by elevation from highest to lowest:
Mount San Antonioaka Mt. Baldy 3,067 m (10,064 ft)
* Pine Mountain 2,940 m (9,648 ft)
Dawson Peak2,918 m (9,575 ft)
Mount Harwood2,911 m (9,552 ft)
* Mount Baden-Powell 2,865 m (9,399 ft)
Mount Burnham2,742 m (8,997 ft)
Throop Peak2,785m (9,138 ft)
* Telegraph Peak 2,739 m (8985 ft)
Cucamonga Peak2,721 m (8,599 ft)
Mount Islip2,515 m (8,250 ft)
* Iron Mountain 2,441m (8,007 ft)
South Mount Hawkins2,372 m (7,783')
Vetter Mountain1,800 m (5,908 ft)
** Site of active
fire lookout tower
* Mount Wilson 1,740 m (5,710 ft)
** Site of
Mount Wilson Observatory
*Mount Lowe 1,707 m (5,603 ft)
** Site of
Mount Lowe Railway
Echo Mountain977 m (3,207 ft)
Nearby mountain ranges:
San Bernardino Mountains
Santa Susana Mountains
Santa Monica Mountains
Sierra Pelona Mountains
Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Associationhas rebuilt and operates Vetter Mountain Lookout, and Slide Mountain Lookout. Organization is rebuilding South Mount Hawkins Lookout.
* [http://outdoorla.org/trails/ Outdoor LA Hiking Trails] - Hiking trails in the area with maps and directions to the trailheads.
* [http://www.tchester.org/sgm/places/angeles_forest_hwy.html Geographic, Biological, and Geological information]
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