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CSR: Tour de Acton

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 7:30 AM until 2:00 PM
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA  91011
Additional Info:
Lon Bender
Ride Organizer
Robert E Richman
Anthony Turgman
Ride Organizer
Supported Rides
Registration is required before Friday, March 13, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

This Long time Classic PAA CSR's TOUR DE ACTON is sure to delight all those looking for a real challenging adventure they will always remember conquering!

Welcome, This route is one of my favorites!

Join your fellow PAA riders and friends for a big, challenging loop along some of the most beautiful roads in the Angeles National Forest.

Back by popular demand the route will be a tough, but rewarding day in the saddle.  We will climb up to Clear Creek from Descanso, then head out along Angeles Forest Hwy. passing the Ranger Station SAG STOP. before Upper Big Tujunga Turnoff.  

We then continue along Angeles Forest Highway to Mill Creek Summit. SAG STOP.


Once over the summit, we head down Aliso Canyon to Soledad canyon Rd. and back to Sand Canyon,  SAG STOP
MOST OF THIS SECTION IS DOWNHILL (see Strava course profile).  

After the turn South onto Sand Canyon there are two short climbs, one to Bear Divide and the second to the top of Big Tujunga.  Then its downhill again one fun descent to Foothill where our a SAG STOP  will be.  We then return along Foothhill to Freedom Park LUNCH STOP, where there is the last climb of the day. Once there we will have our well deserved lunch.  **SEE THE RIDE SECTOR DETAILS BELOW

For those wanting to do less miles and climbing you can skip the big loop and turn around at any point PARTICULARLY MILL CREEK SUMMIT,  

Join us for the Tour de Acton

This ride is supported in part by RE/MAX | The Loeffler Real Estate Team.

View Route Here

SAG Support: 3 SAG vehicles will be on hand to provide water, bananas, product, and other goodies. There will also be another wonderful PAA CSR lunch provided!  SAG Plan still in developement. Stay tuned and we will send out the detailed info again before the ride. (SAG may or may not be available for those turning around, so plan to stay with a group or be prepared to be on your own for the return). 

Please note that there is limited phone service on much of the ride and the SAG vehicles cannot be everywhere!  Riders should carry the tools and supplies necessary and be prepared to do minor repairs (e.g., changing a flat). 

Riding Groups: 2 main pace groups will depart from the ride start — "endurance" 7:30 am and "climbers" 8:00am. Unless you are a very strong climber or racer looking to push the pace on the climbs, we encourage you to start with the earlier group.

Ride Coordinators: Lon Bender/Rob Richmond

There will be 2 starts.  
Endurance Riders at 7:30 am
Climbers at 8:00 am

There will be a riders meeting at 7:20a 

SAG 1 Food/Hospitality TBD

SAG 2 Mechanical:  TBD
SAG 3 Mechanical: TBD

SAG Locations:  open/close Times TBD
SAG 1 Ranger Station on Angeles Forest Highway just before the Turnoff to Upper Big Tujunga
SAG 2 Mill Creek Summit
SAG 3 Sand Canyon Turn
SAG 4 Lakeview Terrace Recreation center Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center 11075 Foothill Blvd
LUNCH Freedom Park on Foothill in La Canada (near Descanso start)

Tour de Acton complete
Time mileage Gain
Descanso to Foothill 5 1
Foot hill to CC 55 8.41 2,267
CC to 3 Corners 14 11:56 200
3 Corners -> Upper Big T 23 4.63 600
Upper Big T -> Mill Creek Summit 40 6.2 1,558
Mill Creek -. Aliso 8 2.95 27
Aliso - Soledad (Acton) 20 7.31
Acton - Sand Cyn (14 fwy) 58 17.53 563
14 fwy - Placerita 18 3.3 303
Placerita - Bear Divide 25 2.97 908
Bear Divide - bridge 2 10 2.82 81
Bridge 2 - Summit 1 14 1.5 565
Summit 1 - S Bridge 7 2.42 0
S Bridge - Osborne 16 4.78 0
Osborne - Mt. Gleason 28 5.35 504
Mt Gleason - Freedom Park 34 10 1,419
Totals 6:15 81.17 8995

Mill Creek Summit and return
Time mileage Gain
Descanso to Foothill 5 1.5
Foot hill to CC 55 8.41 2,267
CC to 3 Corners 14 11:56 200
3 Corners -> Upper Big T 23 4.63 600
Upper Big T -> Mill Creek Summit 40 6.2 1,558
To Mill Creek 2:20 20.74 4625
Mill Creek to Upper Big T 12 6.19 0
Upper Big T to 3 corners 20 4.58 472
3 Corners to CC 21 3.83 689
Stub 3 0.79 7
CC to Coral 18 8.48 0
Coral to Freedom Park 1 0.5 30
Return from Mill Creek 1:15 24.37 1198
Totals 3:15 45.11 5823