Glendora Mountain Road is a well-known mountain itinerary in the San Gabriel Mountains, near the city of Los Angeles, California.
It is a very technical, twisty road that is very popular among cyclists and bikers. The mountain views and scenery will indeed take your breath away.
Where is the Glendora Mountain Road ?
The Glendora Mountain Road is situated in California in the north east of Los Angeles.
Rising above the Los Angeles basin, Mount San Antonio is 3060 meters above sea level (10046 feet), the tallest structure in Southern California. The summit, known as Mount Baldy, is located in the Angeles National Forest.
You can easily situate the road with this map :
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Facts about the Glendora Mountain Road:
Glendora Mountain Road is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. It is very popular with motorcyclists, and especially cyclists because of the scenic views, and hairpin turns. The road is also known to have been used often for illegal car races, resulting in serious accidents.
This amazing itinerary stretches for 23 kilometers (14.6 miles) beginning in the town of Glendora and into the granite peaks and canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The paved road is at a low enough elevation to escape snowfall that it can be used year-round (it can still be closed). Drivers are rewarded with panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin, Mount San Antonio (1,064 feet or 3,068 meters above sea level), and the Angeles National Forest. This area is perfect for backpacking, hiking, or any type of outdoor activity.
Every May, this itinerary attracts the world’s top professional cyclists for the epic Tour of California race.
How to get to this road ?
If you are coming from the west or east (from Los Angeles or San Bernardino) you have to drive to Glendora then drive the Siera Madre Avenue until you reach the road.
You can situate the itinerary on this map:
A video of the journey:
You can have a preview of that drive. You just have to watch this YouTube video as it shows a part of the road:
Is the Glendora Mountain Road open?
The Glendora Mountain Road is open all year round.
It can be closed from time to time for roadworks or because of accidents. Indeed, as we have already written, this road is very dangerous, especially for motorbikes. Some people don’t respect the speed limits and lose control of their vehicles, ending in terrible crashes.
Also, it is sometimes closed for bicycle races.
If you want to limit the risk of driving this dope road, we suggest you avoid the weekends and holidays and drive the road in the morning to avoid the traffic.
You can always check the official Californian roads information website to see the road conditions.
The Glendora Mountain Road is definitely a route you should drive if you are near Los Angeles. The mountain views and scenery will take your breath away. But you should remember that this is a dangerous road and be very watchful on your driving and the other drivers’ driving too.
Picture credit: Nan Fry on Flickr.
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