nullOver the weekend, L.A. Times blogger Steve Hyman was surprised to find a locked gate and a Road Closed sign at Islip Saddle, preventing him from getting from La Canada Flintridge to Wrightwood. That in and of itself is not news — the road closed down in winter four years ago, and there are signs up all along the Angeles Crest Highway clearly saying you can’t drive through.

But Hyman phoned CalTrans and discovered the road may be on schedule to open as early as this Thanksgiving if the current pace of construction continues. If not, it should be ready for traffic by Spring of 2009 — finally letting hikers get into the central High Country of the San Gabriels without having to tack on a long distance hike or drive around to the other side of the 2.

… at least until the next big storm.

Now, if we can just get that CA-39 open to Crystal Lake again, we’ll be all set!

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peter becker aka wolfman Nov 24, 2014 04:11

as far as highway 39 go,s I hope thay open the highway 2 its a nice ride but as far as ppl make a mess up there is bull crap my self if I went camping I would pick it up and take out I love anf so much I would help keep nice its nice place to get closer to the gods I also like to get there with my cb radio and talk on the radio and not run power

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Crystal Lake Trail Work | Modern Hiker Oct 24, 2008 12:10

[...] few weeks ago, I wrote about an optimistic report about the Angeles Crest Highway potentially being fully-open by Turkey Day, but also wondered when the heck the Crystal Lake area was going to open up [...]

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Fredric L. Rice Oct 24, 2008 08:10

Caltrans has been working on the bridge footing of the first long bridge past the current highway 39 closure ad after they complete that they must work on the bridge railing along the 6 miles of section that burned.

http://www.crystallake.name/ contains information about the region.

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Modern Hiker Oct 1, 2008 18:10

CA-39's been closed from just above West Fork since the Curve Fire, I believe. I don't think CalTrans is ever going to fully open the 39 to its connection with the Angeles Crest Highway, but I sure would like to get into the Crystal Lake Campground to tackle some of those nearby peaks.

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Randolph Sep 30, 2008 13:09

Great news!
Have not been up that way in several years (gas prices and all): Is the reference to CA 39 to the long-closed cliff-side stretch of CA 39 between the 2 (near Islip Saddle) and Crystal Lake, or has CA 39 also been closed between Crystal Lake and Azusa?

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