Description

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 Continue reading...

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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
38
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Beach
Desert
Forest
Lake
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Cave
Hot spring
Redwoods
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Wind sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper JASON
JASON
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 24th, 2016

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
JASON
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 24th, 2016

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
omar
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 17th, 2017

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
Josh
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 25th, 2016

@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 Hollyanne
Hollyanne
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 10th, 2016

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
Max
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 5th, 2016

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
Shane
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 3rd, 2017

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 Deanna
Deanna
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 16th, 2017

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
Brittany
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 1st, 2017

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.

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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
(Up to 8 people per site)