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There are more trails in the surrounding area than within the forest, but with over 500 miles of trails, there’s no need to com...Read more
When the Los Angeles sun is beating down on you, you definitely need an escape into nature; make the most of the beautiful day ...Read more
Tired of work and waiting for the fish to bite? No worries, your opportunity to fish doesn’t involve driving hours up the coast...Read more
Who knew that you could climb steep mountains in Los Angeles? Well, now you know! In fact, there are over 500 miles of trails f...Read more
Equestrians will love exploring the 557 miles of trails; riding is permitted on all trails except nature trails. There’s also h...Read more
The perfect place to kayak is Pyramid Lake, a beautiful reservoir located away from the bustle of Los Angeles. All of your boat...Read more
Tired of LA highway traffic? Yeah, so are we, just thinking about it. Instead of sitting on the interstate, come cruise over 30...Read more
There are quite a few classic climbs in the forest for boulderers and mountain climbers to try out. Check ‘em out on the Mounta...Read more
Winter in LA doesn’t really feel like winter, but it can if you head up to the mountains! There, you’ll find a snow-covered for...Read more
Heat too much for you? Don’t want to go to the beach where the water’s a little too cold and the sand a little too hot? No prob...Read more
Angeles has its fair share of wildlife, with the general motley crew of bears, raccoons, and mountain lions. If you’re camping ...Read more
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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.
It's been a while (camped here in mid-April 2015). This is a nice reliable (and importantly, reservable!) group campsite in the Angeles National Forest. There are some good hikes nearby (our group ran into a big group of day-hikers) and some bouldering in nearby Horse Flats. From what I remember, each site has a different capacity: we were in site 4 which had a max of 18 people, 6 cars; check-in/out is at 11am.
Plenty of space, pretty quiet, and a solid option if you're looking to camp with a big group of friends!
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).