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Behind The Photo
The Old Ridge Route climbing up to Reservoir Summit. The original concrete is partnered with pavement, added later to straighten the curves of the road. There’s something so beautiful about the original 100+ year old pinkish concrete though! Yuccas and native brush surround the road. Waiting around the corner is a sweeping new view! LocationContinue reading “Behind the Photo: “Climb to Reservoir Summit””
Ridge Route Alternate
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
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”
With all the rain we’ve been getting, I went to go check the creek that runs along the Ridge Route Alternate. There were a few little waterfalls down there! Super foggy driving down the road itself. Nice and quiet and peaceful.
Ridge Route, Highway 99 and the 5 Freeway – all going to and from the same place, just from different eras. In my social distancing adventure outside the house, I drove on all 3 of these roads. Starting out on the Ridge Route in Castiac, I headed north towards Templin Highway. Continuing on to HighwayContinue reading “A Drive Down the Ridge Route and Ridge Route Alternate”
At a point, we outgrew the original Ridge Route and that’s when Highway 99/the Ridge Route Alternate came into play. It was the next step, followed by our modern day 5 Freeway. It was built in 1933, only 18 years after the original Ridge Route, but was made to handle more traffic and trucks. TheseContinue reading “Ridge Route Alternate”
The Frazier Mountain Lookout now sits abandoned and gutted. Originally put into service in 1905, it was the first lookout in what was the Santa Barbara National Forest and served as a way to spot wildfires. At 8013ft above sea level, you have quite a view of the area! The building that currently stands wasContinue reading “Frazier Mountain Lookout”
Out taking photos of the St. Francis Dam up San Fransisquito Canyon. Photos are form Powerhouse 2, all the way up to the dam site. Pretty eerie! More about the St. Francis Dam Disaster here
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