Description

Sure the hike is the best part, but getting to your camp after a long day of inclines is pretty damn sweet too. West Fork Trail Camp has got that “sign of relief” vibe, that “you finally made it, time for a beer”. Whether you’ve been hiking, biking, or riding your horse there, we’re sure you’re deserving. So kick back and chill before setup time. Once you’ve got your site on

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Sure the hike is the best part, but getting to your camp after a long day of inclines is pretty damn sweet too. West Fork Trail Camp has got that “sign of relief” vibe, that “you finally made it, time for a beer”. Whether you’ve been hiking, biking, or riding your horse there, we’re sure you’re deserving. So kick back and chill before setup time. Once you’ve got your site on lock, go check out the rocky stream and gather some water to treat while you’re at it. Remote, simple, and full of beauty West Fork illustrates a great way of life!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
7
Access
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Campfires 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 West Fork Trail Camp.

Beach
Desert
Forest
Lake
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Doreen
Doreen Z.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 3rd, 2016

Camped here at the end of April 2016, starting from Red Box and hiking down Gabrielino trail. There was water in the stream, enough for drinking, but definitely not enough for other water activities. All resources online says this is a walk-in campground, but we were very surprised to see two cars there--not sure how they even drove in. There was a large group of Boy Scouts there, and several backpacking parties passed through, probably coming from Devore Campground. We expected it to be more secluded, but managed to grab a site right by the water and it turned out to be great. Overall, beautiful campground. It would probably be too warm in the summer, especially with even lower water levels then.

Hipcamper Maraia
Maraia H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 15th, 2016

Great location - especially for southern CA where so much of the camping/backpacking is scrubby and in the sun, etc. Most of this trail is under cover, beautiful and well maintained. The sites are right along the creek and very peaceful. You do have to hike out your own water or filter from the stream. Warning it's downhill almost exclusively on the way in and therefore... almost entirely uphill on the way out and the last bit is significant climb out. Even so, it's one of my favorites in the region.

Hipcamper Greg
Greg B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 8th, 2015

I was at this backpackers' camp in 2014. No boating, canoeing nor kayaking possible in the stream, regardless of time of year. Restroom is a barely maintained very old pit toilet. Better than having to dig cat holes. Camp lies at junction of 2 trails.

Hipcamper Genia
Genia L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 10th, 2015

Did my first backpacking trip into West Fork this weekend. Weather was perfect during the day and got down to about 40 at night, very chilly. We were able to get a little water from the stream, but had to go up a little to an area where it was flowing. Pit toilets, they weren't great, they weren't horrible. There were some deer hunters at one of the sites which was a little surprising. Just didn't know people hunted up there.

All in all, beautiful spot. Quiet and secluded. Next time we will get to Angeles before 7 on Saturday in hopes of getting a parking spot in the lot.

All set up.Perfect spot to set up camp.Great rest stop on the way...almost there.We have arrived!
Hipcamper Robert
Robert T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 18th, 2016

Nice hike and campsite. We spent 1 night here and 1 night a little further at Devore in mid-July, 2016. There was enough water in the stream for filtering drinking water, even though the creek looked dry when we started up at Redbox. There were 3 other small groups at West Fork Trail Camp, but nobody at Devore.

Wildlife Spotted (Highlights)-
7 deer
1 Bobcat
1 Water Snake (Water Moccasin?)
1 Heron
Countless Ladybugs

Hipcamper Julian
Julian G.
recommends this listing.
January 10th, 2018

Great summer hike. Water could be low to none during the dry season so pack in water just in case

Hipcamper Michael A.
recommends this listing.
December 17th, 2017
Hipcamper Reza Z.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2017
Hipcamper Natasha S.
recommends this listing.
June 16th, 2017
Park
Angeles National Forest
State
California
Phone Number
626-574-1613
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
34.246° N, 118.049° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 7 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)