If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a lot of free time on your hands. I personally love staying busy, but it does cut into my riding time drastically. This summer I was so inundated with work that I didn’t get an opportunity to go on any rides. After too long, I get a little twitchy when I don’t get to put a few miles between myself and Los Angeles.
A few weekends ago, I finally managed to carve out a few hours for a day ride. It couldn’t be too far, but I also didn’t want it to feel like a trip to the grocery store or something. After a little back and forth with some friends we decided on driving up to the San Gabriel Mountains. This is the kind of day trip that’s both scenic and a lot of fun because of the curves.
From mid-city Los Angeles, it’s around a forty minute freeway ride until you reach the San Gabriel Mountains. The first ride we took in the mountains was Glendora Mountain Road. We took this road, full of fun curves and fresh air, about ten miles up the mountain. There are multiple look out sites to stop at and enjoy the view.
On the way down, we took Mount Baldy Road – one which is much faster than Glendora because the curves are more relaxed. For this reason I was able to pick up some good speed and ride a bit more laid back. This road also offers many of its own scenic outlooks.
You will come across a few drivers on four wheels back in these mountains, but not too many. We even had cars pull over to allow us to pass, a truly a great feature to the ride. There isn't extensive overcrowding from other motorcyclist up in these parts either making it truly a riders’ treat, you feel like it’s just you and the mountain road. The roads tend to be clean and free of debris, rocks and pebbles – something that inspires confidence and keeps the ride smooth.
For us southern Californians, I would definitely recommend this ride. I’ll be heading back sometime in the future to the additional roads the mountain has to offer – taking you even further back and away from the concrete jungle. So if you’re just looking to get out of the city for a few hours and cut loose a little, go for it!
Stay safe in these streets!