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 getaway. Haven’t seen the stars in a while? Come to Chilao Campground for a refresher course. Located at about 5,000 feet nestled in the Angeles National Forest, this spot will refresh even the more dusty of souls.
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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.
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.
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!
At $15 a night, very cheap. It can get quite windy and cold at night, and every time I've been there fellow campers have been pretty noisy using amplified sound which drove me nuts. Quite a beautiful. lunar landscape. I enjoy winter camping out here - I think it would be brutal in the summer.
First come, first serve spots. Each site at this location is really unique, with roxk formations on some, great views north and south, and a various array of trees. Two cars are allowed per site, wth additional being an extra charge (I believe $5-$10/day). Restrooms are scattered throughout, and water spouts between most sites (was told that while potable, should be boiled first). There’s hiking in every direction, and some great slot canyons to the west. The wind can pick up from the north in the fall, so anchor down your tent (lesson learned).
Camped 3 times this year so far after snow melted, I love both sites, Manzanita and Little pines! Both has an amazing view. Not much shades so be prepared. lots of sunscreen and a cabin type of a tent would be so nice. Lots of hiking trails to go wonder around. It's a family friendly campsite. You'll see a million stars at night! I can't believe it's only one hour drive from downtown LA. It gets super busy on weekends ( drive around til you find a spot or you won't find any ) so Come reserve a spot on Friday to camp on weekends during the warm months. No water when I camped so bring plenty! In April, the temperature dropped to below 40 at night, we survived in a tent with 3 little kids! but hey, be sure to check the weather before you go!