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 planning your next trip back before you even leave. Being so high in elevation (about 6,300 feet), you’ll surely escape the summer heat. This whimsical campground provides shelter for the most weary of Los Angeles travelers with it’s Read more...

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 planning your next trip back before you even leave. Being so high in elevation (about 6,300 feet), you’ll surely escape the summer heat. This whimsical campground provides shelter for the most weary of Los Angeles travelers with it’s lush campsites, sheltered among the pines and fragrant cedars. Want to break in those new hiking boots? Buckhorn is your connection point to the vast network of trails that weave their way through the Angeles National Forest. There’s even word of swimming holes and a waterfall for the determined hiker.

Fires are allowed
Potable water is available
Pets are allowed
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 38
  • Phone: 626-574-1613
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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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 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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Hipcamper Brittany

P.S. There are hiking trails and one that leads to a waterfall. Also it got very cold at night down to 25! Be prepared otherwise its about 45min drive down the windy road into town to buy anything.

Hipcamper Briana

Just stayed here for the weekend at site 30 (a huge site!) with good friends. This was an awesome campground! Large bear boxes, nice variety of unique campsites. Easy access to the trail from the campground - we ended up hiking a total of 6.5 miles. Beautiful views and scenery. Bring TP and be ready for the vault toilets.

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 Eric

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

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 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 Reza

Stayed there last night (8/8) and had an amazing time. The camp was 2/3 full by evening time on a Tuesday, so there were still a number of sites to choose from. Half the sites have great shade from the sun as there are plenty of trees everywhere. Its a very rustic campground and you really feel like you’re living in the forest here. There are vaulted toilets, one for every 3 or 4 sites, and there were a few running water taps. Campfires are allowed in the fire pits but make sure to bring your own firewood. There wasn’t any cell phone reception, so you will be off the grid. Finally, the Pleasant View Ridge hiking trail that takes off from the campground was amazing!

Hipcamper Reza

Stayed there last night (8/8) and had an amazing time. The camp was 2/3 full by evening time on a Tuesday, so there were still a number of sites to choose from. Half the sites have great shade from the sun as there are plenty of trees everywhere. Its a very rustic campground and you really feel like you’re living in the forest here. There are vaulted toilets, one for every 3 or 4 sites, and there were a few running water taps. Campfires are allowed in the fire pits but bring your own firewood. There wasn’t any cell phone reception, so you will be off the grid. Also the drive up the 2 freeway to the campsite is very scenic. The campground is fairly quiet, and everyone seemed nice. Finally, the Pleasant View Ridge hiking trail is wicked!

Hipcamper Destiny

Hi there, does anyone know what the best time to go grab camp site would be? Since it is a first come first come campsite. I know that campers have to check out at 11am, so I'm just wondering how early people line up for a spot. Thanks so much!

Hipcamper Brittany

We stayed here last weekend (9/22-24/17) beautiful trees surround the campground. we got there around 1045 am on Friday and we basically had pick of the whole campground probably only 7 sites were already taken. We chose site 9 and we absolutely loved it. We were camping with friends so we had 4 adults, two tents, two cars and two dogs. Site 9 was very spacious and the layout was perfect. Close enough to the bathroom but also not too close to smell it or hear the lid slam. Just a heads up the campground started getting full around 230/3pm. One complaint, there is a motorcycle club about 10min down the very windy road site 9 you hear every single motorcycle that zoomed by.

Park
Angeles National Forest
State
California
Phone Number
626-574-1613
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
34.347° N, 117.913° W
$12/night
Tent / RV / Trailer: 38 Sites