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This is the road that leads from the Angeles Crest Highway up to the mostly abandoned Barley Flats Campground. The Angeles Crest Highway starts north of Los Angeles, CA, and wanders through the San Gabriel Mountains before coming out on the northeast side. It is hard to believe that on a clear day a person could turn around from this view right here at 4000'MSL (1200m) and see all of Los Angeles spread out before them all the way down to the ocean. Thirty minutes after leaving this idyllic, peaceful, gentle spot, I was back in the hustle and bustle of LA.

The road as you can see has obviously been let go by the forest service. There is still an occupied residence at the top (used as part of LA county's search and rescue operations), but the campground entrance at the end of the road has a padlocked chainlink gate across it. I understand it is now used only as a probation camp for juveniles. You can walk around up top if you meander past the fencing (it's only on two sides) and see the remains of what used to be a missile site back in the late 1950's. If you're lucky you can see Air Rescue 5 sitting on the helipad and even talk to the crew. More info here.

I enjoy the quiet solitude of nature slowly taking over again, and this pleasant Monday afternoon in the middle of spring was very charming after spending a few weeks in the city.

Decreased brightness a skosh, increased the contrast, cropped, and resized. Please feel free to workshop if you don't like the glare on the top left (though I kinda do), original here.

ISO 50, focal 31mm, exp 0.0

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