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The San Gabriel Mountains are located in northern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. The mountain range forms a barrier between the Greater Los Angeles Area and the Mojave Desert. This Transverse Range lies in and is surrounded by the Angeles National Forestmarker with the San Andreas Faultmarker as the northern border to the range. The highest peak in the range is Mount San Antoniomarker, commonly referred to as Mt. Baldy. Mount Wilsonmarker is another famous peak, famed for the Mount Wilson Observatorymarker and the antenna farm that houses many of the transmitters for local media. The observatory may be visited by the public.


Telegraph Peak as seen from Devils Backbone ridge in Mount San Antonio.
The main road that runs through the San Gabriel Mountains is the Angeles Crest Highway, State Route 2. It starts in the southwest at the city of La Canada Flintridgemarker and ends at its junction with State Route 138 just past Wrightwoodmarker near the Victor Valley and the West Cajon Valley. Past its junction with Angeles Forest Highway traveling east, Angeles Crest Highway features blind curves, various bumps, and potholes. This section of the "Crest" is closed during the winter due to rockfall and avalanche hazards. State Route 2 just past Mountain Highmarker is called the Big Pines Highway all the way to the 138 junction.

Another key county route which connects Angelenosmarker to and through the mountains is Angeles Forest Highway. Angeles Forest Highway begins 11 miles northeast of La Canada Flintridge at its Angeles Crest Highway junction. Ending near Actonmarker, it allows easy access to the central Forest and the fast growing Antelope Valleymarker. Because the "Forest" and the 11 mile "Crest" portion leading to La Canada Flintridge is well traveled by Antelope Valley commuters, its road maintenance is much better, and is open much of the winter.


The San Gabriel Mountains from the south.
In the winter snowboarding and snow skiing is quite popular in the San Gabriels at Mountain Highmarker, and Mt.marker Baldymarker. The two other resorts, Mount Watermanmarker and Kratka Ridge, are rarely open. In the summer, canyoneering, hiking, backpacking, picnicking and camping are some of the activities of its visitors. From time to time, a hiker gets lost or stuck on a mountain ledge, or may fall downhill. Some of the more extreme cases of emergency search and rescue will often be given air time on Los Angeles television and radio newscasts.

Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association has rebuilt and operates Vetter Mountain Lookout, and Slide Mountain Lookout. Organization is rebuilding South Mount Hawkins Lookout.

Major peaks

Mount San Antonio from Throop Peak.

View of the range from Monrovia, California.

Nearby ranges


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