PAA Supported Ride - 10/13 - Tour de Acton via Mill Creek and Sand Cyn

1418 Descanso Dr
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011


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Join us for the Tour de Acton sponsored by Incycle.

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 (same route as December 2014 ride), 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 Highway to Mill Creek Summit.  Once over the summit, we head down Aliso Canyon to Soledad canyon Rd. and back to Sand Canyon,  MOST OF THIS SECTION IS DOWNHILL (see Strava course profile),  then there are two short climbs, to Bear Divide and Big Tujunga, before the return along Foothhill to Descanso, this has some climbing, but we're mostly done!  (View ride sheet for EVERY SMALL ROAD we'll be taking)

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,  

We thank our Sponsor InCycle for their support of this PAA Club Supported Ride.

SAG Support:  2 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). 

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" 7:00 am and "race teams" 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.  3rd group may choose to turn around earlier.

Ride Coordinator:  Julie Hale (914) 462-6745 

CSR Lon Bender (323) 854-5803.                                                  

SAG 1 Food/Hospitality. Nora Hipolito (310) 740-3977   

SAG 2 Mechanical: Mike Baumann (714) 334-9756



  • All riders should be prepared to do minor repairs on the road (e.g., change a flat)
  • Due to the challenging nature of most club supported rides, groups will invariably split up and form en route depending on riders' levels of fitness, training goals, etc. 
  • For your safety, please wear a helmet while riding. 
  • Inclement weather may result in a change of the route or cancellation of event.
  • Guests welcome, but must RSVP, donate $10 to help cover SAG costs, and  read the waiver shown below.


  • Distance: 82 mostly beautiful miles with lots of climbing
  • Elevation: 8600'
  • Difficulty: 8-9 (out of 10)
  • Route Map:
  • Route description: Descanso Gardens -ACH to Angeles Forest Hwy Over Mill Creek Summit to Aliso Cyn to Soledad Cyn to Sand Cyn Up to Bear Divide - Little Tujunga down to Foothill; back to Descanso.  NOTE: Detailed ride sheet and Map INCLUDE SOME SMALL other roads on route. - This is an overview of the course.
  • Departure Time(s): 7am Endurance riders; 8am Race teams/very strong climbers 
  • Departure Location: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011


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