Los Angeles Crest and San Gabriel Canyon (Standard)

Distance: 88 miles and 8300 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

Although the first part of this route appears to be mostly one long uphill, as mentioned in the overview, I have always found it easier to approach this ride by treating it as a series of smaller climbs strung together. We start by riding from Duarte to the base of Angeles Crest – a net gain, but no major climbs. Second – up Angeles Crest to Clear Creek – the longest stretch of climbing on the ride. Third — up to Red Box – tough but only 4 miles. Fourth — to Lunch at Newcombs Ranch – Up and down with a net gain. Fifth — up to Cloud Burst Summit – the hardest 6 miles, but it takes you to the highest point of the ride. Sixth — to Hwy 39 – mostly rolling terrain with a small net loss. Now you are ready for the payoff – about 30 miles of mostly downhill with a few small climbs near the end. When you break the route down like that and it can be done.

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