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post #1 of 12 Old 02-02-2016, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Great Southern CA Back Roads in February?

Hi everyone,

V2 owner here, looking for some southern California route advice for a short 4-day trip I'm doing at the end of the month. I'm flying in to Long Beach and renting a bike from Motoquest.

I'm looking to ride paved back roads south of LA and perhaps north and east of LA. Any recommendations of great roads for this time of year -- I don't want to hit any snow in the mountains!

How's Rte 74 from San Juan Capistrano to Lake Elsinore this time of year?

I may do a day in the Santa Monica Mountains up and down all the canyon roads.

Are there any good loops in the San Gabriel Mountains that won't get snow? How about the Cleveland National Forest? Or the San Bernadino Mountains near Palm Springs?

Any advice would be most welcome. Thank you!

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The Santa Monica mountains will be good, if it's not raining. El Nino, you know.
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That's Cal Trans and LA co. There may be one for San Diego, I dunno.
Hwy 2, Angeles Crest is only open half way. It's still a good ride.There is a loop on Hwy39 in San Gabriel canyon subject ot weather. It's Glendora Mountain rd on the county site.
Mt Palomar is a good one during the week Squid city on the week ends. Hwy 74 can be a commuter nightmare.
There is a loop through Idyllwild and down to Palm Springs on Hwy 74. Idyllwild can get snow though.
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it's a $20 subscription but there is 'intelligence on every good road in the state' and some 'free' samples allowing you to check it out and then decide if it's for you. some great photos. worth a look see if only to get a look at some of the best riding the state offers.

http://www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm
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As noted by others, Angeles Crest is a nice ride but you might find early morning ice patches. This pretty much applies to all San Gabriel Mountain roads at this time of year. Another suggestion would be Mulholland Highway (and the "Snake" section with obligatory Rock Store stop). My suggestion would be to start at the beach end (Leo Carillo beach) then ride the highway over to the San Fernando Valley.

Ojai area out near Ventura has some nice riding too.
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if the weather doesn't co-operate for your planned trip, say the coast is rained in check the deserts to the east, they generally have nice weather in Feb. Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park.

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That Joshua Tree loop is 327 miles for me. Wife and I've done it in the car a few times looking for flowers. Much more fun on the bike but it is a lot of freeway.
Unless we get more storms, with the rising temps we may have no snow worry down South here.
The Anza Borrego loop is 300+ miles too but again, lots of slab time.
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I thank everyone for the input. We'll be starting our ride next week and appreciate the input. We definitely want to ride nice mountain roads but don't want to get caught in any snow and ice. We have plenty of that near Boston!

So, how far up Hwy 33 into the Los Padres National Forest can one go before hitting snow?

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One can get most of the way up Hwy33. It's coastal mountains and not much white stuff. On the Northern stretch is The Place in Ventucopa, roadside cafe and the restaurant at New Cuyama. Says it's 35 cool degrees there right now. Ojai has some interesting places too.
The Crest was fine yesterday. Newcombs is only open on Fri, sat and Sun now.
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One can get most of the way up Hwy33. It's coastal mountains and not much white stuff. On the Northern stretch is The Place in Ventucopa, roadside cafe and the restaurant at New Cuyama. Says it's 35 cool degrees there right now. Ojai has some interesting places too.
The Crest was fine yesterday. Newcombs is only open on Fri, sat and Sun now.
What road is The Crest? Rte 2? How far up can one moto?
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Rte 2, Angeles Crest is reachable for about 60 miles. It's still a good ride.
Road was clean this morning and only one sport bike was stuffed under a guard rail this morning. Hate when that happens.
Another close in ride is Route 39 and Glendora Mtn road. Just a bit east of Route 2. Lots of very tight turns and stuff. It can take you to Mt Baldy Village, there are restaurants there too.
It's best ridden during the week.
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