It’s depressing. The Angeles Crest Highway will not be open on the La Canada side until this coming November. This eliminates some of the best hikes in the Angeles National Forest like Switzer Falls.
On the bright side, great hikes such as Cooper Canyon Falls are accessible from the east entry point (see map). Of course this will double your mileage, but your will have less summer crowds to fight. You might even get to camp overnight on a weekend. Now wouldn’t that be a dream come true!
From La Canada Valley Sun:
Angeles Crest Highway is likely to remain closed until November as crews continue to repair major road damage caused by heavy winter storms, a Caltrans spokesman said Friday…
The reopening of the 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway has been delayed repeatedly since the Station fire roared through Angeles National Forest in August, burning more than 160,000 acres and searing miles of pavement, guardrails, road signs and markers. The damage was compounded by back-to-back rainstorms and subsequent debris flows that washed out large patches of the highway.