Road Updates & Articles

Road Updates & Articles

Ridge Route Articles

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”

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Behind The Photo

Behind the Photo: “Climb to Reservoir Summit”

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

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”

Waterfalls on 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 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”


Other History

Frazier Mountain Lookout

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”

St. Francis Dam

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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