Some say fire damaged, we say character. Tom Lucas Trail Camp is primitive as they come with only a couple hike-in sites and no restrooms. Stream water is available nearby, but must be treated first. However, be sure to bring some as well because depending on rainfall, the stream may or may not be flowin’. Solely for the use of backpackers, the views are supplied on the hike in. You’ll have a deeper appreciation for nature when you’re through. Cherish your solitude, but should you hear them coyotes howl, make like part of the pack and howl along with ‘em.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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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


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

Off-roading (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


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


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


Natural features you'll find at Tom Lucas Trail Camp.

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December 3rd, 2015

Hi there, I just came back from camping at Tom Lucas Trail Camp. It was very difficult to find the camp site, the trail gets trickier as you get closer to it. Follow the stacked rocks(see photo). The whole camp site has been over grown by plants. I couldn't see the picnic tables from photos by previous campers and I only knew it was the campsite because I found two fire rings underneath some plants. I also found a stone/rock memorial for someone that dated back to 1967. It's sad that it's been overgrown by the wild, it really is a beautiful area to camp with a running creek close by. I would recommend this if you're looking for a challenging adventure and primitive camping in solitude. Also, be aware of the parking/gate situation there.

I really like HipCamp's campaign "finding yourself outside."(Great Video HipCamp!) That is my favorite part about camping/hiking, especially waking up in the morning. Here is a photo of the moon greeting me on my cold morning at Tom Lucas. Overgrowth and fallen trees has taken over the campsite. That's an old camp stove. My tent is the center of this photo, one the bottom left is a stone memorial sign for someone dated back to 1967. This was really a beautiful area and there's a creek just on the other side of my tent that I could listen to. Another fire ring that has been taken over by plants. This fire ring was bout 6 feet from my tent.
Angeles National Forest
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34.331° N, 118.243° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 2 Sites
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