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

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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 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

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

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

Boating

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

Fishing

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

Hiking

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

Horseback riding

Equestrians will love exploring the 557 miles of trails; riding is permitted on all trails except nature trails. there’s also h...Read more

Paddling

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

OHV

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

Climbing

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

Snow sports

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

Swimming

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

Wildlife watching

Angeles has its fair share of wildlife, with the general motley crew of bears, raccoons, and mountain lions. if you’re camping ...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Buckhorn Campground-Open.

Beach
Desert
Forest
Lake
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Hipcamper JASON
Jason E.
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.

site#2- Pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this site. 5 miles below looks like high desert, but buckhorn is lush. Giant ponderosa pines, wildlife. It's 7k feet but feels higher.Fit a Coleman 6 man/instant and down by picnic table there was room for another 2-4 man. Beware. In Summer, there are an abundant amount of bugs, mosquitos, etc down by the creek bed. Use a fire in day to smoke them away.About half the sites have some shade, others are in full sun. Best are above the day use area. #1, #2 were great. The sites below the restrooms were good. Some sites were great for 203 tents, some were perfect for 1. Site #2
Hipcamper JASON
Jason E.
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).

site#2- Pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this site. 5 miles below looks like high desert, but buckhorn is lush. Giant ponderosa pines, wildlife. It's 7k feet but feels higher.Fit a Coleman 6 man/instant and down by picnic table there was room for another 2-4 man. Beware. In Summer, there are an abundant amount of bugs, mosquitos, etc down by the creek bed. Use a fire in day to smoke them away.About half the sites have some shade, others are in full sun. Best are above the day use area. #1, #2 were great. The sites below the restrooms were good. Some sites were great for 203 tents, some were perfect for 1. Site #2
Hipcamper omar
Omar C.
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.

Before we set upAfter the setup!
Hipcamper Josh
Josh J.
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 F.
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.

Exploring near the campgrounds Amazing site!
Hipcamper Max
Max K.
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.

big spots!lovely trees
Hipcamper Shane
Shane B.
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 E.
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!

Buckhorn Campground-Opengreat trail opening just up the road in the camping area, day use spaces available if you just want go hike Lots of dogs, My Cletus loved itI drove down the mountain a bit to get this picture around sunrise it was incredible
Hipcamper Brittany
Brittany Z.
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.

Beautiful trees Site 9 Just before the hiking trails this amazing picture perfect rock.
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)