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”

Encouraging History… The Whole Story

After recent events and things that were said, I’d like to clarify a few things. Here is the post that went up by a representative of the Ridge Route Preservation Organization (RRPO), calling me out by name. Their name has been removed to protect their identity. ROAD CLOSURE The road is closed between the TumbleContinue reading “Encouraging History… The Whole Story”

Ridge Route Fire Closure Lifted! Where to go?

We made it through 2020! So in celebration, let’s go on a little tour of the Ridge Route! The road has been closed since the Lake Fire but is back open again (well not the whole thing, but back to what was open before the fire). Here’s a little tour of what’s what. You’ll exitContinue reading “Ridge Route Fire Closure Lifted! Where to go?”

Ridge Route & Ridge Route Alternate in the Snow!

We had a pretty good rainstorm and it snowed in Castaic! Here’s a dashcam video driving from Martins to the lookout by Castaic lake. We don’t get snow here too often but it’s cool when we do! Photos of the Ridge Route and its original curbing The Ridge Route Alternate stretch of Highway 99

The Ridge Route Alternate

As traffic increased in car technology improved, the 1915 Old Ridge Route just didn’t cut it anymore. The need for higher speeds and a better flow of traffic pushed for a new and improved road. The Ridge Route Alternate opened in 1933. The goal was to have a highway that could handle a lot moreContinue reading “The Ridge Route Alternate”

Places to see the 1915 Ridge Route… While Closed

The closure put into effect after the Lake Fire covers most of the Ridge Route but is set to end on December 31st. Until then, where can you see the original concrete of the Ridge Route? ALL THREE ROADS! This is s super cool spot! All 3 roads, the 1915 Ridge Route, the 1933 RidgeContinue reading “Places to see the 1915 Ridge Route… While Closed”