About this event
GPX Tour to Mt. Baldy Sat. June 19,2021
THE CLIMB FROM 800 FEET TO 8000 FEET ON A GREAT DRIVING TOUR
Azusa is where our fun and history begins up Hwy 39.
As the most productive gold mining in the area, the San Gabriel Mountains gold boom began in the 1840's. It had another mini-boom during the Depression as many man tried to scratch out a flakes from the river bed. To this day weekend gold hunters can still be seen with shovels and pans.
During World War II one of the reservoirs (Morris Dam) was used to test airborne torpedoes. Easily seen from the road is a steep concrete ramp that simulated the drop of a torpedo from a plane into the water where the propeller sped them away to check survivability. They must have done a lot of testing as American torpedoes were not very reliable at the beginning of the war.
The historic Crystal Lake Café and Trading Post has been serving the campers and fisherman since 1934. Sadly the Lake is now mostly a dusty basin, but the coffee and food is a superb. There will be a short pit stop. There is a parking lot just beyond the Cafe.
Further up the East Fork is the US Forest Service's Experimental Forest. Established in 1933 with 17,000 acres and working with major California universities, its research reports over the years have covered flood control and watershed utilization, vegetation and water quality effects, fire effects and slope stabilization and many more.
If you had continued straight to the end of East Fork Road it would take you to the trailhead to "The Bridge to Nowhere". It was an ill-fated attempt to connect the San Gabriel Valley to Angeles Crest Highway. The road washed out twice and was abandoned but the bridge stands tall. But, we will take a "180" onto Glendora Mountain Road instead of going to the trail.
Recently Glendora Ridge Road is part of the route used by the Tour of California Bicycle race that finished at the Mount Baldy Ski Lift.
At Mt. Baldy buy your lift and ride up for a scenic lunch spot. https://mtbaldyresort.com/top-of-the-notch-restaurant/
Ride the chair lift to the Top of the Notch Restaurant to complete your mechanically assisted climb from 800 feet to nearly 8000 feet.
This is a “Rain or Shine” event.
Meet at the parking lot in front of the Skechers store in Azusa at:
422 S. Azusa Ave., Azusa, CA 91702
This is at the North East Corner of Azusa Ave. and Gladstone St., just South of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway.
Meeting time: 8:00 A.M. If tere is a large turnout, it may be split into groups.
Departure time: 9:00 A.M. Sharp
Communications for this tour is by GMRS Radios, "walkie-talkies" set to Channel 7 Sub-Channel 20. If you have them, please bring one.
Suggested Donation at check in is $10.00 - for the benefit of Children's Dental Health Clinic. Donations may be made in cash or online at cdhc.org.
For Questions please contact Alan Johnson at email@example.com or 562-305-8002