The visceral feeling of driving a Range Rover on the winding roads of Angeles Crest Highway, high in the San Gabriel Mountains, is an inspiring experience. We invited award-winning composer Hans Zimmer to embark on this very journey with the goal of creating a score inspired by and unique to this unparalleled drive. Zimmer has scored more than 150 films in a career that’s been recognized by Hollywood’s most prestigious awards. For this project, the creative process was unlike any he’d practiced in his 30-year career. It meant finding inspiration in nearly every distinctive detail of the drive—the granite slopes along each turn and in the quiet serenity of the Range Rover cabin. The result is an evocative and dynamic piece of music that embodies a peerless driving experience. This is the story behind that composition and an invitation to explore it for yourself.
Angeles Crest Highway
Where The Drive Begins
Some of the most spectacular landscapes are found along Angeles Crest Highway, where the Pacific Crest Trail runs parallel to the road on its way north from Mexico-to-Canada.
An Unpredictable Climate
On Cloudburst Summit, weather can change quickly and dramatically. Moist Pacific air brings heavy winter snowfall and driving spring rains, with scorching summers in between.
The Slopes of Los Angeles
The last remaining club-owned ski facility in California, Buckhorn Ski Club, was originally formed out of neighborhood ski clubs after World War II.
A Panoramic View
Kratka Ridge is a short hike from the highway with seemingly endless views of peaks, valleys, and mountain trails.
The Break Though
At Islip Saddle the highway bores twice through the mountains, tunnels blasted out of granite by San Quentin inmates.
Surveying The Road
Zimmer surveys the road from a lookout midway through the drive, analyzing the terrain from a higher vantage point.
Taking The Curves
The highway can quickly lead drivers into more demanding, off-road terrain. The Range Rover was built for such demands, and allowed Zimmer to confidently take in each aspect of the drive.