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!
The vibe at West Fork Trail Camp
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)-
1 Water Snake (Water Moccasin?)