The Eastern San Gabriel Mountains are a mountain bikers paradise in Southern California. The region offers a spectrum of riding options from gentle fireroads to gnarly big mountain routes that make you dig deep. The range is topped off with the immense Mount San Antonio, locals call it Mount Baldy, at 10,064 feet. It towers over rugged canyons and attendant peaks. Eventually the big mountains gives way to hills that hang just over the hillside communities of Inland Valley Empire and the High Desert. There are three mountain towns, Baldy Village on the south slope, Lytle Creek on the east, and Wrightwood and the north. There are many classic rides in the range some of the more popular being Monroe Truck Trail, Blue Ridge Road, Sunset Ridge Road, and the San Antonio Falls Road. Classic single track would be places like Marshall Canyon Webb Canyon, and Jackson Lake. Mount Baldy Ski Lifts offers bike lifts on non-snow weekends which means pretty much year round. The Baldy Ski Lift area offer a variety dirt roads, steep ski slope runs, some singletrack, and some big mountain talus slopes that will get you grabbing for the brakes.
Getting ThereThe Eastern San Gabriels are framed in with highways. On the south you have the I-210 freeway, on the east the I-15 freeway, on the north the 138 highway the reaches Wrightwood, and on the northwestern tip is the Angeles Crest Highway or called the Highway 2. To On the south slope of the range Mount Baldy Road, Glendora Mountain Road, and Highway 39 reach into the interior of the mountains. On the east slope Lytle Creek Road branches off the I-15 and reaches the interior of the range further branching off into other roads.
Red TapeYou will need a Adventure Pass to park at turnouts, campgrounds and road sides. Adventure Passes are available at many gas stations and grocery stores.
External LinksFor current forecast go to Weather Underground.
For lifts tickets info go toMount Baldy Ski Lifts.
For current conditions contact Angeles National Forest or San Bernardino National Forest.
For information about Mount Baldy Vistor center
For more information on the Claremont Wilderness Park.
For more information on efforts to preserve the Claremont Hills go to savejohnsonspasture.org.
Visit the webpage for the city of Wrightwood for local information.
For sking information visit Mt. High Ski Resort.
CampingFor camping information in the Eastern San Gabriels go to Angeles National Forest.
Best place to get a beer and some food.In the Baldy region there are two resturants that stand out.
1. Baldy Lodge: The Lodge is in Baldy Village and it has a lot of charm and history. Great place to sit by the fire or shoot some pool. Best of all they have good hearty food and a nice selection of beer. Perfect place to cool aches after riding. Try the local Baldy Lodge Brew made by Dale Brothers.
2. The Notch: Alright the food here is not very good nor does it have good food. The Notch is all about location. The Notch sits high at about 7800 feet and serves on the weekends. Especially nice when you have been riding all day.
In the Lytle Creek region: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
In the Wrightwood region here are two places.
1. Jensens Grocery Store: This place has a good deli.
2. Grizzly Cafe: A good sit down place for all three meals.