Crystal Lake Climb
Crystal Lake Climb
San Gabriel Canyon Road
Angeles National Forest
Los Angeles County, CA


The main climb starts at the parking lot to the ORV area about one mile north of the East Fork Bridge. Start Evelation is 1540 feet. Map to start

Directions: I-210 Foothill Freeway. Exit Azusa Avenue - Highway 39. Go North. This will Turn into San Gabriel Canyon Road.

Main Climb - Rincon Area to Crystal Lake turn off at 5000 feet

Average Grade 6% for 11.5 miles

Feet Distance (miles) Grade  
1500 to 2000 2 4.4 % slight downhill at the begining and gradual buildup
2000 to 3000 2.75 6.8% Hard stuff starts + steepest individual section
3000 to 4000 3.75 5 % Narrow road at the top of the canyon
4000 to 5000 2.75 7.1% Steep final ascent - 10% section for .25 miles

Large Profile Map

Map of Climb

Aerial Photo Map

In September 2002, there was a very large fire in the San Gabriel Canyon.
The road was closed until Spring 2004.

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