Preserving the Road… One Photo at a Time

A stark reminder of why I document this road so heavily… My heart sank as I pulled up to Sandberg’s. It has been a few weeks since I have been up and the first thing I noticed was a chunk of barren dirt above the old retaining wall. A fire had come through this areaContinue reading “Preserving the Road… One Photo at a Time”

1933 Ridge Route Alternate

There is an optimal light to shoot each road in – for the RRA, it’s definitely dark, cloudy days! The Ridge Route Alternate was bypassed by the I-5, a section commonly referred to by locals as the Grapevine. It has sat as an access road to the Pyramid Lake Dam and surrounding campgrounds for 50Continue reading “1933 Ridge Route Alternate”

VIDEO: The Old Ridge Route – An Engineering Marvel

The 1915 Old Ridge Route was a turning point for California history and a grand endeavor of the time. As we started transitioning from stagecoaches to automobiles, the old gold rush era Stockton-Los Angeles Road would no longer do for the modern needs of the automobile. The groundbreaking Ridge Route was the solution. Designed forContinue reading “VIDEO: The Old Ridge Route – An Engineering Marvel”

The Last of the Sandberg Apples – Lillian Grojean

UPDATE: There are a few Sandberg Apple trees still out there! Thank you John Kelley! Going to look around for them next weekend. Sandberg’s Summit Hotel, on the Ridge Route, was famous for their apples. Fit for a king… or actually multiple presidents, their orchard produced some fine fruit. Marian Sandberg made delicious apple piesContinue reading “The Last of the Sandberg Apples – Lillian Grojean”

PHOTOS: The (official) Ridge Route Tour!

When I heard the Ridge Route Communities Museum was doing a Ridge Route Tour, I jumped at the opportunity! How awesome is it to do a tour with actual Ridge Route historians! While I won’t spoil the whole tour for y’all , I’ll give you an idea of what it’s like. We all met upContinue reading “PHOTOS: The (official) Ridge Route Tour!”

PHOTOS: History Hidden in Plain Sight – The Ridge Route

Lots of history is hidden on the Ridge Route… you just have to keep an eye out for it! Here are some of the cool things I’ve found on my most recent trip. Liebre State Maintenance Camp While at first glance it looks like and empty dirt clearing, there’s a lot hidden in plain sight.Continue reading “PHOTOS: History Hidden in Plain Sight – The Ridge Route”

From the Archive: Freshly Paved Section of the Old Ridge Route

The Old Ridge Route, south or Reservoir Summit, has lots of spots that have been repaved recently. This particular stretch was done between November of 2018 and August of 2019, according to Google Earth’s imagery. The road is constantly being fixed but I’m not sure who’s maintaining it. Possibly Angeles National Forest as an accessContinue reading “From the Archive: Freshly Paved Section of the Old Ridge Route”

Ridge Route Travel Guide

Here’s our updated Ridge Route Travel Guide with clear maps of what exactly is open and locations of historical significance. Disclaimer: I do not encourage anyone to drive the closed off section of the road. It is, however, accessible on foot, bike, scooter, horseback, unicycle… whatever creative way you could get back there without aContinue reading “Ridge Route Travel Guide”