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:
El Mirage Flats - Dry Lake Bed