Here is a video from a quadcopter at the 2014 Newcomb Saddle Aid Station...
MikeP, thanks for the wonderful aerial footage.
In my experience, trail "running" uphill is much like hiking uphill, generally a sufferfest. But on a neutral or slightly downhill single track that is neither aerobically taxing nor overly technical, trail running can provide a joy entirely distinct from hiking -- the sweep of the terrain as you move through it at pace, with little or no weight to burden your back or slow your progress. The wide, flowing views in your final segment strongly evoke that sensation.
On the other hand, I'd imagine that 70 miles in to a 100 mile race, such sensations would be hard to come by!
I ran up to the Idlehour station to see the first runners go by around 9-10 PM. Last year the station peeps sighted a bear about 20 yards away next to the campground.
The funniest thing happened about 9:30 PM. A few kids hiked almost to Mt. Wilson, and turned around. They weren't sure about the route as it was the first time for all of them. A bit scared, they were jogging down. They had no idea a race was going on. As they made it toward the Idlehour trail and turned the corner, they "saw lights in the middle of the forest"
Well, everyone at the station saw the flashlights, and heard the jogging, and figured it was a runner.... Suddenly the 20 station people "in the middle of the forest" were cheering, clapping, and taking pictures. The runners looked REAL CONFUSED!! "What, did we win something?" "What's going on?" A momentary silence....... then everyone started laughing. Someone has pictures of it somewhere......
Great story, Fortified... and even better to hear that the youngsters weren't running away from setting a fire or a hazing incident gone bad or showed up with back packs rattling with the sounds of spray paint cans in them
And yes Mike P - ditto the thanks for the aerial footage - it's nice to be a hawk without being a hawk --- who knows though, maybe it's not too bad being a hawk...
is it possible they fell out of a vehicle (work truck)?
That's the same thing I thought after watching the video, especially since the nails were all found on/in the same curve. Probably a dumba$$ roofing contractor not securing all his materials (those are nails for securing roof shingle panels). _________________ Why be normal? . . . where's the fun in that?
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:05 pm Post subject: Heads up on Angeles Crest this Saturday / AC100 2015
This Weekend Aug 1 the 28th Annual Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run takes place. Roughly 170 runners will start. Race starts in Wrightwood Saturday Aug 1 / 5AM. Ends in Altadena / Loma Alta Park at 2PM Sunday. Saturday - Runners will be crossing Hwy 2 at Inspiration Point, Islip, Vincent Gap. Crossing after Mt Williamson to PCT, Eagles Roost. Runners will be on the road between Eagles Roost and Buckhorn due to endangered frog in Cooper Canyon. Crossings at Parjarito, Glenwood Camp and finally Shortcut Saddle.
There will be extra cars up there this weekend as crews are going to Ins. Point, Islip, Eagles , Shortcut to support. Run will not impact the Crest on Sunday.
Drive safely (always) and good luck to the runners!
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:45 am Post subject: Angeles Crest Highway Closed At Islip Saddle, 7/24/2015
I went up Angeles Crest Highway this past Friday and was surprised to find it closed At Islip Saddle. I was headed to Little Jimmy anyway, so no loss, but I was surprised to find it closed this time of year.
Was there a wash out or slide during the weekend prior's rainstorms?
I was up at BP last weekend, started at Dawson saddle and saw plenty of cars coming from the direction of Wrightwood so it's safe to say that the road is open all the way through. We came up from La Canada and the ACH was open past Islip with no signs of closure any further on.
Does "past Vincent Gap" mean West of there? If so, then yeah, it's open I cycled between Islip Saddle and Vincent Gap last weekend, and there was no indication that anything was closed anywhere around there.
Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 4:10 pm Post subject: Access to Little Jimmy Via Angeles Crest
The gate at the 39 junction was open last week. I'm assuming you're parking in that spot anyway and taking the PCT to Little Jimmy. The parking area was open with restrooms and plenty of parking on a Sunday Afternoon. The campground was 3/4 full- surprising to me on a Sunday Night this early in the season.
Not sure if this weekend's snow brought anything. There were still some patches of snow last weekend, but nothing too difficult to safely navigate through to Little Jimmy.
I did run into a couple who tried the approach from Baden Powell and said they had to turn back because of treacherous snow in a select places on the trail.
That says it's closed from Islip Saddle to Grassy Hollow, but the DOT website site sounds like it's Inspiration Point rather than Grassy Hollow, so details are slightly sketchy. _________________ Slowest_Hiker is in better shape now and actually passes other hikers on the trails.
Aren't there a lot more gates now? Seems like a smaller closure area could be set up.
Maybe they need engineers to inspect that whole stretch of road now. I'd hate to be driving on it when another sinkhole appears. Isn't there a gate at Vincent Gap?
The gate is right next to the Vincent Gap parking lot, so folks coming from the west cannot access the Big Rock Creek road or Vincent Gap parking if it's closed. If they didn't close the Islip gate, I could see a lot of pissed off people jamming the road like penned sheep! I wonder if they've also closed the Big Rock Creek road at Fenner and the Fenner Saddle road at Jackson Lake.
Has anyone visually confirmed either endpoint of the closure in the past week or so?
On Sat 6/24 we drove out from Inspiration Pt to see it for ourselves and indeed, the road was coned off immediately past the driveway into Grassy Hollow. There were also a lot of cars parked on the sides of the highway right around there, as if to confirm that was as far as one could drive. Then I got home and saw this:
NEW: Eastern closure point moved west to winter gate at Vincent Gap
which I don't understand because that's dated 6/23 and I saw the closure at Grassy Hollow on 6/24.
DOT website, which is not always up to date in my experience, appears to agree with their twitter statement at the moment. "SR 2 [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] IS CLOSED FROM THE JCT OF SR 39 TO 5.3 MI WEST OF BIG PINES /AT VINCENT GULCH RD/ (LOS ANGELES CO)."
Jun 23, 2017 2:37pm
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I just heard that the eastern closure limit has been moved west to Vincent Gulch postmile 74.7
Vincent Gap parking lot is right around mile 75, confirmed with Google street view.
So everything seems to point to the closure being from Islip Saddle to Vincent Gap since 6/23, except for my eyeballs that saw a closure at Grassy Hollow on 6/24. Also, upthread on the Wrightwood forum somebody says the "sinkhole" is "Just West of Grassy Hollow (walking distance)." That is an odd description if the problem is actually between Islip Saddle and Vincent Gap.
Any eyewitness accounts appreciated. _________________ Slowest_Hiker is in better shape now and actually passes other hikers on the trails.
RE: Closure location, my guess-timate is just past Grassy Hollow. On the 4th, we came up to Big Pines, then west on CA-2, seeing a sign saying "closed 2.5 mi ahead". It was certainly open past Inspiration Pt/Blue Ridge Rd entrance, but we didn't go further west, so not 100% sure.
I should have thought to try to call Big Pines earlier in the day, since it's staffed again. Will try in the morning. _________________ Slowest_Hiker is in better shape now and actually passes other hikers on the trails.
Never did call because we decided to go out of Islip Saddle regardless. But I can now confirm that the western end of the closure is indeed immediately past the Islip Saddle parking area. Can't edit my conjecture about that above due to the forum oddities, but I'll try again later. _________________ Slowest_Hiker is in better shape now and actually passes other hikers on the trails.
The 2 is still closed at Islip Saddle (I was there yesterday). The original estimate for the project was 30 days, which we're now past. I might call today to find out if they have a revised finish date.
Eastern closure is immediately past (west of) the Grassy Hollow entrance. I saw folks walking the highway yesterday, so apparently just a vehicle closure. Fenner Saddle Rd is closed at Jackson Lake, and I'm guessing (as someone indicated in a previous thread) the Big Rock Creek Rd. is also still closed at Camp Fenner.
Someone just posted on the Hundred Peaks Section group on Facebook that the west end of the closure has been moved to Vincent Gap (from Islip Saddle). They say it could be another 2 months until the whole highway reopens though.
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