39+2=freedom

Thanks to the Azusa Chamber of Commerce, I got to drive the length of Highway 39 to the junction with Highway 2, also known as Angeles Crest Highway.

The last 6 miles or so of this state highway have been closed (hence the signs in Azusa and in La Canada that say “close to Wrightwood”) since 1978. That’s right, 30 years. They are lobbying Caltrans to get that portion of the road fixed and reopened, so folks can make the loop from Azusa to Mount Waterman, Mountain High ski areas, Wrightwood and then down to La Canada and the 210 and back to the east San Gabriel Valley.

It’s a worthwhile idea.
So would getting the road fixed that leads from the West Fork to Coldbrook Campground and Crystal Lake picnic area and campground. That’s 350+ camp sites that just sit there unused!
I’ll show you my pictures from the tour:

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Above: Morning fog hangs amid the charred pine trees where the Curve and Bridge fires damaged the forest in 2002.

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Above: Bill Larson, the Caltrans chief for Highway 39, opens the gate above Bear Canyon and Deer Flats, allowing our bus to go through to Highway 2.

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Above: Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) from the top left, meets Highway 39. The connection from 2 to 39 has been closed to the public for 30 years.

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Above: A view from the top: Looking down on Bear Canyon

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I love journalism. I've been working in journalism for 32 years. I love communicating and now, that includes writing about environment, transportation and the foothill/Puente Hills communities of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Walnut and Diamond Bar. I write a couple of columns, one on fridays in Opinion and the other, The Green Way, in the main news section. Send me ideas for stories. Or comments. I was opinion page editor for 12 years so I enjoy a good opinion now and then.

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