A Saturday Snow-Capped Mountain Ride

No matter where you are in Los Angeles, the snow-capped, towering mountain loom overhead. It’s rare that we get this much rain in such a short amount of time here in Southern California and at the higher elevations, that translates to snow. Over the past few days, there’s been snow and ice as low as 1,800′ in the Angeles National Forest, yet with the warmer weekend temperatures arriving, we weren’t sure just how much we’d encounter once we reached the 5,000′ mark.

All the colors

On Saturday, Cari and I drove up Highway 2 into the Angeles National Forest, parked the car and began riding a loop I’ve wanted to take her on for a while now: we’d climb Mt. Disappointment and cut through to Mt. Lowe via an unmarked trail, resulting in a short, but scenic ride. As we pedaled up the mountain, on the icy road and through all the people building snowmen and taking selfies, it was apparent even with the warm temperatures, the north-facing sections of road would be entirely frozen. The theme for the day was “go slow, and avoid sliding out” on the black ice and slick roadside.

Down to Mt. Lowe.

The views did not disappoint, nor did the riding conditions. That’s the beauty about the wilderness here, you’re only a short jaunt back to civilization…

  • FireUrEngine

    Spectacular views. Mountain envy!

  • Dan Coppola

    John – this ride looks awesome! So many good photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • Benjamin Peacock

    Bangin’ photos.
    As a Scotsman who has recently moved to the states, (currently residing in Columbus, Ohio) you are doing a great job of selling LA!
    The last time I was there was the day MJ died back in 09′, just as I was about to embark on a 50 day hike on the PCT. These shots remind of that amazing blue sky out west……love to return with my bike one day!

  • Brian Barnhart

    Love the cave picture.

  • John VanderMolen

    Great photos, that looks like an awesome ride. Who by chance makes that front rack?

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