A favorite in the San Gabriel's is Gould Mesa Trail Camp. Weekend Warriors this one is for you: with a roundtrip 2-mile hike in, a swimming hole, and it’s small peaceful setting, this camp attracts peeps of all kinds, from families to backpackers. As it is one of the go-to spots in the Angeles National Forest start your trek off early if you want to secure a spot. Here your thirst will be stream-fed (must treat before drinking), but always come prepared because the stream may be nonexistent depending on weather conditions.
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Nice sites with a couple of vault toilets and bear proof trash cans. nice fire pits and lots of logs for sitting. Not much water in the creek in fall but it was moving pretty well. Fair number of hikers and bikers pass through.
Parked at the turnout off of Angeles Crest highway and walked down (about 1mi) with my dog for one night. My pup got a couple of goat-head stickers in his paw on the way back so that's one thing to watch out for. Good place for a one nighter to scratch the itch, especially if you're short on time.