With the San Gabriel Mountains centered in LA’s backyard, getting away from the hustle-and-bustle of city life couldn’t get much easier. For those not too keen on long car rides, this Read more...
With the San Gabriel Mountains centered in LA’s backyard, getting away from the hustle-and-bustle of city life couldn’t get much easier. For those not too keen on long car rides, this national forest is a great option at just an hour’s drive away along Hwy 2.
Part of the Sierra Pelona Mountains range as well, this expansive park boasts picture-perfect camping and hiking in SoCal. Outdoorsmen (and women) can see waterfalls through steep shady canyons, trek up huge peaks, ramble through old pine groves, explore colorful and vibrant plant life, and relax beneath clear blue skies, unburdened by city light pollution. Also, the area’s a well-known stomping (hoofing?) ground for horseback riding.
With more than 50 reservable campgrounds and cabins, rustic overnights options are plentiful. Campgrounds are separated into three ranger districts—Los Angeles River Ranger District, San Gabriel River Ranger District, and Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District. Campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis, with a maximum stay of 14-days per site, and 30-days per year in the forest. Angeles National Forest also offers group campgrounds across all three ranger districts, some accommodating up to 300 people. You must make a reservation to use these group campgrounds.
Summers can be quite grueling, so plan on taking a weekend (or longer) trip during the cooler fall and winter months.