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About Angeles National Forest

With the San Gabriel Mountains in LA’s backyard, getting away from the city for a weekend amidst the trees couldn’t get much easier. For those wary of traveling far, Los Angeles National Forest camping is a great option at just an hours drive away. Get lost in the wonder of Angeles National Forest, where you can hike to waterfalls through steep shady canyons, trek up huge peaks, stroll through old pine groves, explore colorful and vibrant plant life, and relax beneath clear blue skies. Recreation opportunities are endless—a few options include biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and wildlife viewing.



With more than 50 campgrounds in Angeles National Forest, the options go on and on. Campgrounds are separated into three ranger districts—Los Angeles River Ranger District, San Gabriel River Ranger District, and Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum stay of 14-days per site, and 30-days per year in the forest. Angeles National Forest also offers group campgrounds across all three ranger districts, some accommodating up to 300 people. You must make a reservation to use these group campgrounds.

Campgrounds in Angeles

Buckhorn Campground-Open

1. Buckhorn Campground-Open

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Buckhorn Campground is one of those best kept secrets people normally only share about to close friends. This is one of those spots you’ll start...

Jason
Jason: Camped 6/23/16. 36 miles in from base of highway (La Crescenta). Best spot that close. Lush green ferns, huge Ponderosa Pines....
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West Fork Trail Camp

2. West Fork Trail Camp

Sure the hike is the best part, but getting to your camp after a long day of inclines is pretty damn sweet too. West Fork Trail Camp has got that...

Doreen
Doreen: Camped here at the end of April 2016, starting from Red Box and hiking down Gabrielino trail. There was water in the stream,...
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Coldbrook Campground

3. Coldbrook Campground

Coldbrook Campground will set your mind to peace. It has all the makings of a happy place: babbling brookside sites, secluded forest, and your only...

Amanda
Amanda: Lots of bugs last time we went, probably because it's by a stream! They hadn't turned off the water at the pumps yet, so if you...
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Fall Creek Trail Camp

4. Fall Creek Trail Camp

Fall Creek Trail is the ideal footpath for a beginners' backpacking adventure. At a minimal 3 miles, can you say options? Fall Creek Trail Camp is...

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Idlehour Trail Camp

5. Idlehour Trail Camp

Looking for a place to get away from it all? Camp without the crowds at Idlehour Trail Camp, a seriously prime spot in Angeles National Forest....

Alicia
Alicia: Just got back from a 2-day/1-night backpack to Idlehour campground; a most gracious, wondrous and mystical location untouched...
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Hoegees Trail Camp

6. Hoegees Trail Camp

Straight out the storybooks, the 2 mile Upper Winter Creek Trail takes you into the woods to Hoegees Trail Camp. Snug in a stony forest bed with...

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Cooper Canyon Trail Camp

7. Cooper Canyon Trail Camp

Over the mountains and through the woods to Cooper Canyon Trail Camp we go! Rolling away from the city, be sure to crack those windows and breath...

Tabitha
Tabitha: Since we had an Adventure Pass, we parked in the trail parking lot in the back of Buckhorn campground. With this approach, the...
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Horse Flats Campground

8. Horse Flats Campground

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Get into LA’s high country at Horse Flats Campground. At 5,000 feet in the crisp sky, you can say bye-bye to the smog laced highway country of the...

Machiko
Machiko: One of the best granite bouldering and top-roping areas in Los Angeles. The boulders start at Campground 8.
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Manker Campground

9. Manker Campground

See Mt. Baldy in your summit future? Come stay the night before at Manker Campground right outside the trails that lead up to it. At 6,000 feet...

Jorge
Jorge: We camped in Manker so we could summit Mt. Baldy the next morning. Campground is easy to find and, at least during the week,...
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Mt. Lowe Trail Camp

10. Mt. Lowe Trail Camp

Despite being just a short drive from the big city life of L. A. , you can still feel in the heart of the wilderness at Mt. Lowe Trail Camp....

Sam
Sam: There is year-round water available in the water tank above the rock wall.
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Chilao Campground

11. Chilao Campground

90% Recommend (5 Responses)

Close enough to the city yet far enough away to escape the smog and traffic, Chilao Campground is a great destination for a weekend Los Angeles...

Max
Max: Had a pretty terrifying experience here in the off season with some very dodgy fellow campers - but you gotta be ready for that...
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Crystal Lake Rec Area Campground

12. Crystal Lake Rec Area Campground

Summer fun starts here at Crystal Lake Rec Area Campground. Drive in for a night stay or a few, and join all the others lookin’ to start off their...

Laura
Laura: On a Saturday in July the car camping area was packed with big groups (mostly mellow) but if you're willing to walk ~200 yards...
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Oakwilde Campground

13. Oakwilde Campground

Hardcore campers will love the rustic and primitive campsites at Oakwilde Campground. With just a handful of cleared spots and a couple of hitching...

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Gould Mesa Trail Camp

14. Gould Mesa Trail Camp

A favorite in the San Gabriel's is Gould Mesa Trail Camp. Weekend Warriors this one is for you: with a roundtrip 2-mile hike in, a swimming hole,...

Matthew
Matthew: Nice sites with a couple of vault toilets and bear proof trash cans. nice fire pits and lots of logs for sitting. Not much...
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Monte Cristo Campground

15. Monte Cristo Campground

Monte Cristo Campground is one of Angeles National Forests more popular spots to pitch a tent. With large, spacious and accessible sites, grab a...

Justin
Justin: Monte Cristo Campground will be closed for campground renovations for approximately 3 months- beginning Monday October 5th to...
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Valley Forge Trail Camp

16. Valley Forge Trail Camp

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Forage your way through the Valley Forge Trail, for an intimate night in the wilderness at one of its remote camps. For hikers, bikers, and...

Yosemite
Yosemite: At rear base of mt Wilson, nice shaded campgrounds usually not too crowded on the off weekends. There is a small creek that...
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Bear Canyon Trail Camp

17. Bear Canyon Trail Camp

As you plan your visit, please check out the official campground webpage on the Forest Service website to find information on seasonal closures,...

Dan
Dan: Around a 3.5 mile backpack from Switzer Picnic area. Great spot. Fire pits, picnic tables and although there is no potable...
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Table Mountain Campground

18. Table Mountain Campground

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Drop anchor at Table Mountain Campground before heading off to enjoy Angeles National Forest. From your campsite, you can step right into luscious...

Sofia
Sofia: Can book last minute as lots of sites!
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Messenger Flats Campground

19. Messenger Flats Campground

Get back into the wild at Messenger Flats Campground. These first-come, first-served campsites are primitive, but still easily accesible by car....

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Spring Camp Campground

20. Spring Camp Campground

Jeepers, ATVers, Dirtbikers alike, come to Spring Camp Campground where you and your gearhead pals are more than welcome. This camp keeps it...

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Spruce Grove Trail Camp

21. Spruce Grove Trail Camp

83% Recommend (3 Responses)

Wanna do some serious camping? Spruce Grove Trail Camp is hike-in and totally rustic, meaning it’ll be that much easier to kick back and relax....

Mark
Mark: Stayed here the weekend of oct 8-9 2016. there is a creek nearby, its probably rushing and full of water in the spring. but in...
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Little Jimmy Trail Camp

22. Little Jimmy Trail Camp

Take a break from the big and busy campgrounds, and hike-in to the wilderness at Little Jimmy Trail Camp. Perfect for hardcore hikers, you’re right...

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Oak Flat Campground

23. Oak Flat Campground

We don’t know about you, but we’re sure hoping we end up in this neck of the woods. Oak Flat Campground is one of the bigger spots in this part of...

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Meadow Group Campground

24. Meadow Group Campground

For a party or big group gathering set against rockin’ mountain and forest scenery, reserve a site at Meadow Group Campground and prepare for the...

Ivan
Ivan : Meadow Group Campground is located off State Highway 2 between the Manzanita Loop of the Chilao Campground, 26 miles north of...
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Millard Trail Camp

25. Millard Trail Camp

Hike-in to one of only a handful of secluded campsites at Millard Trail Campground. These first-come, first-served primitive sites are located in...

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Peavine Campground

26. Peavine Campground

Just down the road from Jackson Lake, set up camp among shady trees and fresh breezes at Peavine Campground. One of the few spots near the lake...

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Mt. Pacifico Campground

27. Mt. Pacifico Campground

Heads up to all wilderness campers! Mt. Pacifico Campground offers some pretty darn picturesque sites in Angeles National Forest. Feel in the heart...

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Lake Campground

28. Lake Campground

Escape Los Angeles with an easy retreat to the Angeles National Forest. Lake Campground is set on the shore of Lake Jackson, offering a view...

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Devore Trail Camp

29. Devore Trail Camp

Hiking Mount Wilson can be a rigorous day hike, or a chill overnighter. If you lean more to the chill things in life stay the night at trailside...

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Coulter Group Campground

30. Coulter Group Campground

Enjoy rugged hiking in the San Gabriel Wilderness or first-class biking along the 58-mile Silver Moccasin Trail! Drive the Angeles Crest Highway...

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Deer Flats Group Campground

31. Deer Flats Group Campground

Sick of always having to explain to your friends and families why camping is awesome? Crush that question with a stay at Deer Flats Group...

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Mountain Oak Campground

32. Mountain Oak Campground

Just northwest of Los Angeles, the Angeles National Forest offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take in some fresh air at...

Ivan
Ivan : Want to escape the LA heat or just camp out an hour and half away from Los Angeles? Very clean place, the hosts are really nice...
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Lupine Campground

33. Lupine Campground

Wanna get back to good old Mother Nature? Pitch your tent in Lupine Campground for some seriously primitive camping. . . it's one of the most...

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Tom Lucas Trail Camp

34. Tom Lucas Trail Camp

Some say fire damaged, we say character. Tom Lucas Trail Camp is primitive as they come with only a couple hike-in sites and no restrooms. Stream...

Aaron
Aaron: Hi there, I just came back from camping at Tom Lucas Trail Camp. It was very difficult to find the camp site, the trail gets...
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Blue Ridge Campground

35. Blue Ridge Campground

Nestled at the top of Blue Ridge, you’ll find the aptly named Blue Ridge Campground. Chill out in this oasis away from busy everyday life at one of...

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Jackson Flat Group Campground

36. Jackson Flat Group Campground

At 7,500 feet of elevation, Jackson Flat Campground makes for some pretty decent altitude training. There are five group tent areas about 200 yards...

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Bear Campground

37. Bear Campground

Thinking of doing some summertime camping? Go ahead, you totally deserve it! And Bear Campground is a great choice for a secluded campsite if...

Megan
Megan: I was out in the area for the super bloom in Lancaster. We really wanted to camp here and hike some of the PCT but (and maybe...
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Bandido Group Campground

38. Bandido Group Campground

Did someone say forest party? Bandido Campground in the Angeles National Forest can accommodate groups as large as 150! Wrassle up as many friends...

Matthew
Matthew: Great camping spot with a very pretty hike up to Mount Hillyer adjacent, as well as a creek nearby that is nice. It is pretty...
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Lightning Point Group Campground

39. Lightning Point Group Campground

With accommodations for your equine friend plus birding and wildlife-viewing galore, peaceful animal lovers will feel right at home in Lightning...

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Cabin Flat Trail Campground

40. Cabin Flat Trail Campground

Looking to rough it for a few days in Angeles National Forest? Watch those days turn into weeks as you set up camp deep in the heart of the forest...

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Appletree Campground

41. Appletree Campground

L. A. ’s backyard is home to many remote, gorgeous, wilderness enriched camping areas. Appletree Campground is not necessarily one of them. This...

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Southfork Campground

42. Southfork Campground

Looking for a wildflower hike and a dipping hole? Head to the South Fork Campground out in the Southern California wilds. Hike the South Fork...

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Guffy Campground

43. Guffy Campground

Escape the busy city life of L. A. , and get back to the wilderness. Only a few short hours from the city, Guffy Campground is home to a handful of...

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Los Alamos Campground

44. Los Alamos Campground

Travelling with family? How about a friend (or two, or three, or four)? With dozens of campsites and a group site, there’s room all types of nature...

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Glenn Camp Campground

45. Glenn Camp Campground

Love to hike and bike? Love to camp? Why not mix ‘em together at Glenn Camp Campground. This hike-in/bike-in campground is located 6 1/2 miles...

Randall
Randall: This is a cool little camp. That said, I think the walk in is the real selling point. It's a ~13 to 14 mile out-and-back...
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Sulphur Springs Trail Camp

46. Sulphur Springs Trail Camp

Looking for some rustic wilderness not too far from the big city? Venture on over to Sulphur Springs Trail Camp. Sites are first-come,...

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Sawmill Campground

47. Sawmill Campground

Feeling up for a last minute adventure? Check out the first-come, first-served primitive spots at Sawmill Campground. Deep in the heart of Angeles...

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Sycamore Flats Campground

48. Sycamore Flats Campground

Feelin’ like some sweet desert camping? Set up camp at Sycamore Flats Campground and be surrounded by some Southern California nature, with...

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Big Rock Campground

49. Big Rock Campground

Got a hankering for some prime summertime camping? Look no further than Big Rock Campground. Just a few hours away from L. A. , and right next to a...

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Los Alamos Group Campground

50. Los Alamos Group Campground

With a plethora of family sites, Los Alamos Group Campground may just make your children’s earliest camping memories. There is fresh drinking...

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Hipcamper JASON

Camped 6/23/16. 36 miles in from base of highway (La Crescenta). Best spot that close. Lush green ferns, huge Ponderosa Pines. Plenty of empty sites. Cool gem. Please do not promote. I thought this was a well, thought out, cool website, so wanted to share. Bathrooms, fire-pits. Bear lockers at every site. The day use area gets crowded, but sites are abundant. Still $12/night. Some exploring is easy to do in area. It's 7k feet so bears are around. Please obey, and use lockers, and be responsible about left out food.

There is a cafe/biker bar about 10 miles down west. I checked out other camgrounds like Chilao flats and Manzanita loop. Manzanita is a cool summit top site. However, you are exposed to elements more.

I will be back.

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Hipcamper JASON

Also, go past the 1st sign for Buckhorn, as that is the main day use area. You will see a sign on your right, a few 100 yds more and pull in to a small turnout on left that goes immediately downhill. Once you reach the sites, park and scope out a site and settle. (It's all one-way driving, so if you go past, you'll have to go back to hwy and re-enter).

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Hipcamper Tabitha

Since we had an Adventure Pass, we parked in the trail parking lot in the back of Buckhorn campground. With this approach, the trail is mostly downhill for the first 1.5 miles, then you cross the creek and hike uphill for the remaining 1.5 miles, at which point you reach Cooper Canyon Trail Camp. The trail was mostly shaded, which was nice! The trail camp happened to be occupied by a boyscout troop, so we doubled back to a spot that's right on the trail near the creek crossing. It was absolutely beautiful. Definitely will be returning here!

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Hipcamper Machiko

One of the best granite bouldering and top-roping areas in Los Angeles. The boulders start at Campground 8.

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Hipcamper Sam

There is year-round water available in the water tank above the rock wall.

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Hipcamper Sam

The lower campsites down the wooden stairs provide the most privacy.

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Hipcamper Laura

On a Saturday in July the car camping area was packed with big groups (mostly mellow) but if you're willing to walk ~200 yards to a no parking site, it's peaceful and empty. Clean sites (iffy latrines) & well stocked camp store. Easy overnight 90 mins from LA.

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Hipcamper Amanda

Lots of bugs last time we went, probably because it's by a stream! They hadn't turned off the water at the pumps yet, so if you need extra water for putting out the fire, washing dishes, etc. you are in luck! a couple fun trails and swim holes nearby.

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Hipcamper Josh

@Jason was right, really great place. After exploring the PNW recently as well as the Redwoods... we were so surprised by this place. My wife and I were actually just trying to find places west of Wrightwood that were interesting. We were tired but wanted to get outdoors today (from the high desert area) and drove past Inspiration Point hoping to find some cool places to explore at a later date.

pulling into this place seemed like we were up north. It was starting to get crowded by the time we got there, but it's a Friday as is expected. Restrooms in the LA part of these mountains are horrible... at all the sites

would recommend a weekday trip if possible

Hipcamper Jorge

We camped in Manker so we could summit Mt. Baldy the next morning. Campground is easy to find and, at least during the week, quiet (thank god). We woke up at 4am to begin our summit bid and had a phenomenal day. Logged more than 14 miles and got back to camp almost crawling. Not a hike for the faint of heart but definitely worth it. The loop through Devils Backbone down through Ski Hut is, in my opinion, the way to go. Prepare for some amazing views. As other reviews here state, make sure you stop at Mt. Baldy Lodge for some well deserved food and drinks. It is amazing to think this place is so close to LA.

Cheers!

Hipcamper Hollyanne

What a great place! Arrived right about 11am on a Saturday and it was a bit of a struggle to find a spot (obviously). However, we got lucky and found a nice tucked away spot. Only issue was a creamy amount of bugs. Bring a good spray because our cheap one didn't work. Nevertheless, it was all worth it.

Hipcamper omar

This campground has easily worked its way up to #1 on my list of local campgrounds. Buckhorn is to say the least, AMAZING. To start off the road is paved which most of the time is a big concern for most people as not everyone has a 4x4 vehicle. The campsites are easily accessible and wide enough for 2 cars, possibly 3. The actual site we picked was perfect. Every site we passed way was amazing it felt as if you were away far up in northern California. So many trees and mountain tops as far as your eyes can see. Giant trees are surrounding your tent and camp setups. Perfect for hanging hammocks Bathrooms were clean and each site is equipped with a bear box and ours had a water spot as well. Overall it was a an amazing experience.

Hipcamper yosemite

At rear base of mt Wilson, nice shaded campgrounds usually not too crowded on the off weekends. There is a small creek that runs through it, but is currently dried out due to the drought. 6 mile hike from ranger st with generous cover and access to wilson.

Hipcamper Sarah

Park on ACH (Hwy 2) at Cloudburst, right before Mt. Waterman and you don't need an Adventure Pass. 1.5 mi hike downhill to campsites. Waterfall was 1.5 mi beyond that. Only 3-4 sites with fire rings and picnic tables. 1 vault toilet.

Hipcamper Ronny

What an amazing campground that no one uses. Crystal Lake Cafe (and camp store) has just about anything you need, including some delicious chili cheese dogs. Crystal lake itself is not much to see these days with drought. Beautiful grounds and trails a plenty!

Hipcamper Ronny

Secluded car camping open year round. Nice resident host Ron the last time I was there. So close to LA and yet so far. Watch out for cats! Great smaller campground, first come, first serve. You WILL need to bring firewood.

Hipcamper Alex

This was a good campground for Angeles National Forest. Each spot seemed to have just enough trees to create a personal area of shade. It's not a lush campground but not many are in this area.

Hipcamper Margaret

We parked at the trail parking lot at the Buckhorn campground (with Adventure Pass $5 for the day) and then hiked the Buckhart Trail. As Tabitha Farnsworth said it is downhill for the first 1.5 miles and a fairly shaded.The views are absolutely beautiful along the hike! We stopped just past the creek crossing on the trail at a single spot. It was a great weekend and I want to come back again.

Hipcamper Matthew

Nice sites with a couple of vault toilets and bear proof trash cans. nice fire pits and lots of logs for sitting. Not much water in the creek in fall but it was moving pretty well. Fair number of hikers and bikers pass through.

Parked at the turnout off of Angeles Crest highway and walked down (about 1mi) with my dog for one night. My pup got a couple of goat-head stickers in his paw on the way back so that's one thing to watch out for. Good place for a one nighter to scratch the itch, especially if you're short on time.

Hipcamper Justin

Monte Cristo Campground will be closed for campground renovations for approximately 3 months- beginning Monday October 5th to mid-January 2016. The last day the campground will be open to the public will be Sunday, October 4th.

Hipcamper Aaron

Hi there, I just came back from camping at Tom Lucas Trail Camp. It was very difficult to find the camp site, the trail gets trickier as you get closer to it. Follow the stacked rocks(see photo). The whole camp site has been over grown by plants. I couldn't see the picnic tables from photos by previous campers and I only knew it was the campsite because I found two fire rings underneath some plants. I also found a stone/rock memorial for someone that dated back to 1967. It's sad that it's been overgrown by the wild, it really is a beautiful area to camp with a running creek close by. I would recommend this if you're looking for a challenging adventure and primitive camping in solitude. Also, be aware of the parking/gate situation there.

Hipcamper Doreen

Camped here at the end of April 2016, starting from Red Box and hiking down Gabrielino trail. There was water in the stream, enough for drinking, but definitely not enough for other water activities. All resources online says this is a walk-in campground, but we were very surprised to see two cars there--not sure how they even drove in. There was a large group of Boy Scouts there, and several backpacking parties passed through, probably coming from Devore Campground. We expected it to be more secluded, but managed to grab a site right by the water and it turned out to be great. Overall, beautiful campground. It would probably be too warm in the summer, especially with even lower water levels then.

Hipcamper Ivan

Want to escape the LA heat or just camp out an hour and half away from Los Angeles? Very clean place, the hosts are really nice and they sell $6 firewood onsite.
Alot of picnic area around this area for day use. Running water and flushed toilets around the campground. It's part reservation and part walk-ins available depending on the season.

Hipcamper Maraia

Great location - especially for southern CA where so much of the camping/backpacking is scrubby and in the sun, etc. Most of this trail is under cover, beautiful and well maintained. The sites are right along the creek and very peaceful. You do have to hike out your own water or filter from the stream. Warning it's downhill almost exclusively on the way in and therefore... almost entirely uphill on the way out and the last bit is significant climb out. Even so, it's one of my favorites in the region.

Hipcamper Megan

We had a great time! It's barely an hour drive from LA, we drove up early Saturday morning, were able to grab a sight (if we had gotten there past 12 may not have happened), and headed home Sunday afternoon. Plenty of beautiful hikes around the area, many which lead to waterfalls. But we did meet a few rattlesnakes.
HEADS UP: The town close by is great for a Bloody Mary (have Missy at the Lodge make you her signature). BUT the town is without a gas station and general store. So, load up on firewood, food and gas before you head up the mountain. Also, if you're heading there to fish, it's basically a no go. We were told a combo of a flash flood then drought took out the fishing. The only option is a trout pond... but that's for the kids.

Hipcamper Ivan

Meadow Group Campground is located off State Highway 2 between the Manzanita Loop of the Chilao Campground, 26 miles north of the 210 Freeway in La Canada. A 45-60min drive from Los Angeles. This is a nice getaway if you don't want to commit to a 2 night camping. We stayed at campground 1 which can handle about 20 - 25 tents. This site has 3 fire pits and 3 picnic tables. 7/30-7/31 2016 are the dates we stayed in. Day time was about 80-89degrees but it was breezy and the heat didn't really matter. Night time drops to 75-69.

Hipcamper Cat

Camped here on Saturday 08/24/2016. All but one spot was taken. Probably less busy during the week. Typically a creek that runs through but due to extreme drought, there was none. Hike to site had a lot of switchbacks, well shaded for most parts. I would recommend taking the trail and not the Red Box road to the site, not much shade on the road. Latrines also at site which is nice. If you do decide to camp at this primitive spot, please pack out your trash and not leave it in the bathroom.

Hipcamper Julia

3.3 MI HIKE TO CAMP FROM RED BOX STATION (closest place to park). You can take the fire road the whole way, or take the trail - about 1mi into the road on the right. Camped here 1 night on 11/12/16 on accident. We wanted to camp at West Fork but were too tired to make it the full 5.5 mi. Valley Forge is absolutely gorgeous in Fall - and given this was a holiday weekend we were excited to have the whole place to ourselves. Although 1 group did show up right before nightfall. We walked to West Fork (gorgeous walk) and were actually pleased that we stopped at Valley Forge because it was WAY prettier. PS: No water in the stream. No Fires allowed right now. Bathrooms were pretty good - they had toilet paper. 5 stars for my first time camping.

Hipcamper Max

Beautiful trees and everything you want up in the mountains, yet not too far from civilisation. We went on the busiest night but people were quiet and respectful. Make sure you book in the busy season.

Hipcamper Nick

Update: In my last review I forgot to mention there is more than just the mountain around! In the summer take advantage of the Ski Lifts to get up to Baldy Notch for breakfast lunch or dinner. From the camp ground to you can hike to a near by waterfall. And all along the way keep an eye out for wild life! My all time favorite is seeing the big horn sheep on the Ski Hut Trail, but it's completely possible to see bear, raccoons, deer, mountain lion, snakes, and even eagle. So keep an eye out

Hipcamper Megan

I was out in the area for the super bloom in Lancaster. We really wanted to camp here and hike some of the PCT but (and maybe this was due to all of the rain this year), our 2WD car could not make it up to the site. Hope to come back sometime and check it out. But mainly, wanted to give everyone a heads up before they head out there, go in a 4WD or plan on camping elsewhere :)

Hipcamper Matthew

Great camping spot with a very pretty hike up to Mount Hillyer adjacent, as well as a creek nearby that is nice. It is pretty secluded from the main road too, which is a plus . I'm definitely planning to go back.

MAKE SURE TO CALL AND GET THE GATE CODE from the office during business hours (M-F until 4:30 PM), as there is a combination lock to get in. They do not pick up the phone on the weekends, so if you get stuck try going to the Mount Chilao visitor center and asking them for the code.

Hipcamper Alicia

Just got back from a 2-day/1-night backpack to Idlehour campground; a most gracious, wondrous and mystical location untouched (mostly) by man. With beautiful scenery, you're greeted by butterflies, touched by lingering branches, cooled by the creek's rushing water flow and enter the nearby campground (from Inspiration Pt). A most wondrous time; this place is definitely camera ready.

Hipcamper Dan

Around a 3.5 mile backpack from Switzer Picnic area. Great spot. Fire pits, picnic tables and although there is no potable water, there is a stream nearby to filter water from. About a mile upstream, there are a series of 10-foot waterfalls that you can slide down. Campsite is shaded under a canopy of trees. In my opinion, the ideal location.

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If you’re sick of driving around LA, take a break by getting on the scenic Angeles Crest Highway, AKA the State Highway 2. There are excellent views and the drive will take you through the forest for a sweet little getaway. Make sure to stop at Devil’s Canyon Overlook!

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If you’re sick of more than just traffic, get your heart racing with an epic hike to the Bridge to Nowhere, where you can bungee jump right off of the bridge, and cool off in swimming holes. However, make sure to come on a weekend if you’re planning on bungee jumping!

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Beautiful and secluded place to go backpacking

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Hermit Falls has natural water slides and cliffs to jump from into sweet swimming holes!

Hipcamper Greg

I was at this backpackers' camp in 2014. No boating, canoeing nor kayaking possible in the stream, regardless of time of year. Restroom is a barely maintained very old pit toilet. Better than having to dig cat holes. Camp lies at junction of 2 trails.

Hipcamper Amanda

Hike is downhill to the campsites, then uphill all the way back to your car. the fire road is sparsely shaded, be prepared for some sunny hiking! nice and shady campsites though, remember bug spray for sure.

Hipcamper Ivan

Great campground, very clean restrooms, flush toilets and water.
Mostly family camping and RV's. Across the entrance ampground is Jackson Lake. Looks like a pond now with green/brown-ish water. Muddy and can still catch small fishes. Not far from small town.

Hipcamper Genia

Did my first backpacking trip into West Fork this weekend. Weather was perfect during the day and got down to about 40 at night, very chilly. We were able to get a little water from the stream, but had to go up a little to an area where it was flowing. Pit toilets, they weren't great, they weren't horrible. There were some deer hunters at one of the sites which was a little surprising. Just didn't know people hunted up there.

All in all, beautiful spot. Quiet and secluded. Next time we will get to Angeles before 7 on Saturday in hopes of getting a parking spot in the lot.

Hipcamper RaeAnne

My family and I arrived around noon on Friday in early June, and there were quite a few spots open. We chose 18- on the back loop, close to the exit. The spot had a nice picnic table, fire pit, and a decent amount of shade. However, we could still hear the traffic on the Angeles Highway, and the camp sites were pretty close together. There were several outhouses- some were well kept, others not so much. The best part was a semi-hidden hiking trail (go through the white gate marked no parking). It was easy enough for kids (our ten year old loved it) and long enough that you can reach a point where you don't hear traffic anymore.
It's a good campground to quickly escape the city for a night, but we wouldn't recommend it for a long trip. -$12

Hipcamper Ivan

The Jackson Lake is a bit dry and no info to when they last fill the lake with fishes. the lake is almost a swamp due to low water. you can still try to fish around the lake or just relax.

Hipcamper Robert

Nice hike and campsite. We spent 1 night here and 1 night a little further at Devore in mid-July, 2016. There was enough water in the stream for filtering drinking water, even though the creek looked dry when we started up at Redbox. There were 3 other small groups at West Fork Trail Camp, but nobody at Devore.

Wildlife Spotted (Highlights)-
7 deer
1 Bobcat
1 Water Snake (Water Moccasin?)
1 Heron
Countless Ladybugs

Hipcamper mark

Stayed here the weekend of oct 8-9 2016. there is a creek nearby, its probably rushing and full of water in the spring. but in october, its mostly puddles of standing water and a tiny trickle in some areas. Other than lack of water, its a great campground. Some of the sites have a stoves and picnic tables.

Hipcamper Tommy

Went here for Thanksgiving weekend 2016. Awesome site just 1 hour 15 minutes from Venice, CA. Ron, the host, is super nice and makes everyone feel welcome. Make sure to bring plenty of firewood (about a cord per hour) and check fire restrictions before you go because they change a lot. Also recommend avoiding holiday weekends. There were two very large multi-family groups on either side of us that were very loud and put a damper on the "outdoor" experience. But, on the bright side, all the activity helped my wife feel safer and she actually slept through the night—a rarity for her when camping! When we went, there was no water so glad we brought plenty for us and our dog. Site 6 and 7 are great if you can get them.

Hipcamper Max

Had a pretty terrifying experience here in the off season with some very dodgy fellow campers - but you gotta be ready for that up there just above such a massive city. Went back in the summer and the views on the north side are truly incredible.

Hipcamper Nick

Perfect for summiting Mt Baldy in the open season.
It sits literally across the trail head and is perfect to relax in. All spots are first come first serve, and are fairly exposed and open the view by the neighboring campsites.

Be sure to bring pleanty of warm clothes, even in the summer temp can ready 30° at night. Have fun and enjoy this area for the nature that surrounds it!

Hipcamper Sean

Awesome camp after a solid day hike. Went in the fall, and temps got into the 30s/40s at night. Creek was trickling!

Hipcamper Sofia

Can book last minute as lots of sites!

Hipcamper Shane

I noticed that activities include fishing, listed above, at Buckhorn. Can anybody show me where the fishing spots are located? I've been to Buckhorn twice. There were some waterfalls and pools of water but no fish. Thanks!

Hipcamper Shane

Buckhorn is local to Los Angeles, CA. For being local, its amazing just how wild and secluded it feels to the city. Its a reminder of how beautiful our backyard can be. There are waterfalls, pools of water clean enough for swimming. There are some pretty crazy hiking trails. Campgrounds are nice. If staying local, Buckhorn is a great choice!

Hipcamper Matthew

Make sure you bring ALL your supplies. If you forget anything there's nowhere close to re-supply (I forgot propane for my cooktop, but luckily our camp neighbors were nice and spared us some).

Hipcamper Alicia

Btw, temps during the day in the 70s; at night, maybe upper 40s/low 50s

Hipcamper Paige

Great campsite not far from LA. Great views for sunset watching and friendly, helpful rangers. This is a well known campsite and can get pretty crowded and loud if you go during a busy weekend or during the summer months. So make sure to get there early. Well worth the view and nearby hiking trails in the area!

Hipcamper Eric

As of 4/21/17 Buckhorn is closed for the season. Looking forward to going once it opens later in the season

Hipcamper Jono

Hiked in mid-week May 4th and had the whole place to myself. Nice spot, with good tree cover. There were a lot of mosquitoes due to good rains this year, and I had forgotten to pack repellant and was feasted upon. Water is plentiful in the creek, and a tame deer came to say hello while I was cooking breakfast. Pit toilets, plus buckets and shovels.

Note that you need to hang a bear bag at this camp.

Hipcamper Deanna

Just went for Mothers day Weekend! So Beautiful absolutely loved it... very cold at night right now. High elevation bring warm clothes for night at any time of the year it gets cold. The sites fill up so if you are planning come up on Thursday to get a spot. 7 & 8 would be great for large groups how they are set up. We got lucky because we had a handicap with us so we got to use site 3. Site 1 & 2 would be great for summer because they have the most shade. No matter what you will have a great time! Enjoy!

Hipcamper Deanna

season opens May 5th always call ahead to see if sites are open when its close to season, also the entrance is weird its to the left and almost looks like a driveway, you have to drive down the road a ways till you see sites.

Hipcamper omar

Awesome Campsite. Close to LA and has great views for the watching the sunset. was not very busy at the early end of the season. found a site, no reservation. Decent bathrooms, Not many trees, not big ones at least. Compared to Buckhorn campground which is just a bit further up the mountain. Overall had a very good experience here. was not very cold when i went. Made it with just a hoodie and waterproof jacket. Road was paved but not maintained. Beautiful views for stars as well as long exposure photography.

Hipcamper Lorena

It was very windy here which made it very cold at night. Be prepared.

Hipcamper KALIE

Went up this past weekend. It was fully booked. However, the campsites are very close together. Something I didn't expect based on previous reviews. Really shaded and seemed clean.

Hipcamper Eric

Nice and close. There is also disc golf at the ski lodge which I love to do.

Hipcamper Randall

This is a cool little camp. That said, I think the walk in is the real selling point. It's a ~13 to 14 mile out-and-back along a (mostly) sleepy paved road with a gradual ~1,000 ft elevation gain. Actually, the road is closed to cars and can be pretty busy for the first ~1.5 mild (until the bridge / trail-head to Bear Valley) but then it's just you, the stream and some really beautiful scenery.

History of Angeles National Forest

On December 20, 1892, the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve was created by President Harrison. The creation of the Reserve, which was the forerunner of the Angeles, was in response to public concern about watershed values as early as 1883. Floods resulting from fire denuded slopes were causing problems with the lowland populations. In 1905, the Reserves were transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Agriculture, and renamed National Forest in 1907. The San Gabriel National Forest consisted of the southern section of the present day Angeles and portions of the San Bernardino Forest. In 1908, the name was changed to Angeles National Forest. In 1926, the eastern area was divided and San Bernardino National Forest recreated. At this time, the Saugus (now part of the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District) was detached from the Santa Barbara Reserve and joined with the Angeles.