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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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(videos) Angeles National Forest / El Mirage Dry Lake Bed

Took a nice day trip on Sunday and made a giant loop through/around the Angeles National Forest via Angeles Crest Highway/Pearblossom Highway/Angeles Forest Highway. Had a blast!

Angeles Crest Highway is finally open through to Wrightwood. Went all the way through ACH to the end (stopping at Newcombs Ranch for breakfast, of course!). The road was in good condition, no debris. Temperatures were brisk, but tolerable in upper 40s / low 50s.

Spit out from ACH into the desert and took Sheep Creek Rd north to El Mirage. The goal was to check out the dry lake bed at El Mirage which creates a natural flats area. It's gigantic. I paid the $15 dollar fee, even though there wasn't a person at the gate so I could have totally slipped through. Probably should have. I was only there for about an hour or so. Took some rips down the flats on my Bonneville 790. Got it up to 100 for the first time! Man that was rough. Had it pegged it it took a minute for it to go from 90 - 100. Once I hit 100 I eased off. It felt kinda sketchy being on the lake going that fast.

I recommend checking it out. Your bike will get dirty though. The lake bed kicks up a lot of clay/silt or whatever gets deposited into there at those speeds. There was a self service car watch off Pearblossom at a gas station. I went to McDonalds to let my bike cool down for 30 minutes or so, then headed over to the car wash and lightly sprayed down my bike with low pressure. Got most of the stuff off surprisingly quick.

Then, I took the backroads to Pearblossom, and took Mount Emma road to Angeles Forest Highway. Mount Emma Road is a hidden gem. Off the beaten path, but a nice short cut to AFH with some nice views. I enjoyed that road. H

Headed up Angeles Forest Highway to the ACH, then back down to La Canada Flintridge.

Took some videos on my phone, and on my GoPro as well.

Angeles National Forest:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=85SAhte_ZMs

El Mirage Flats - Dry Lake Bed

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aUhbcqKtZY
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 06:59 PM
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Nice videos!
I was at Newcomb's Ranch for breakfast on Sunday also, and remember seeing your bike (esp. after seeing your jacket in the video around the tunnels. A few of us rode up to the lookout just past the tunnels before the Ranch opened, and we went back again after breakfast. Turned into a beautiful day! This weekend should be at least as good.
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Nice videos!
I was at Newcomb's Ranch for breakfast on Sunday also, and remember seeing your bike (esp. after seeing your jacket in the video around the tunnels. A few of us rode up to the lookout just past the tunnels before the Ranch opened, and we went back again after breakfast. Turned into a beautiful day! This weekend should be at least as good.
Haha, that's awesome! Wow, you guys were up early. Yeah, quite a few bikes there on Sunday. I think I rode through the tunnels a couple times. The acoustics are pretty nice in there... Glad you guys had a great ride. I'll probably be out there on Sunday again
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I'm on my way up there today, and will also be there both days this weekend. See ya!
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