Close enough to the city yet far enough away to escape the smog and traffic. Chilao Campground is a great destination along the gorgeous Angeles Crest Highway.

Haven't seen the stars in a while? Come to Chilao Campground for a refresher course. Located at about 5,000 feet in the Angeles National Forest, this spot will refresh even the dustiest of souls.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
84 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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


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


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


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


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 Chilao Campground.

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Hipcamper Keng
Keng L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 12th, 2021

I set my chair up in either camping spot number 16,17 or 19. A young man and a women in a white jeep took my camping spot. The man got out of his car, he threw my Helinox chair into the bushes, and then he tried to run me over with his jeep despite me yelling repeatedly to stop. He didnt stop until my husband came to stop it. Terrible experience. When i reported to the two park rangers, one of the old white blonde park rangers interrogated ME. It felt racial. Wow. Never going back again.

Hipcamper Marc
Marc M.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2019

Had a very good first time experience here on the 4th of July. Not much in the way of trees compared to other sites like Buckhorn, but then at least there WERE sites available, unlike nearby Buckhorn (ranger told us that site was packed for days). Summertime afternoons might be a bit warm if you're not under one of the few trees, but night time was very pleasant. I'm definitely coming back.

Hipcamper Jason
Jason E.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 18th, 2019

26 miles from the 210 freeway. Consist of 2 main sites: Little pines (closer to hwy) and Manzanita ( more exposed but only 1/4 mile from Little Pines. $12/night. Dozens of sites. All walk up. Biggest sites have room for 4 cars (double lane), with plenty of spots for tents. Tends to get windy in the afternoon. It's a summit top. No bear lockers, but restrooms and well water every 12-15 sites. Manzanita is most scenic with views towards the west. Plenty of gorgeous Manzanita trees. 4 miles up the hwy is the historic Newcomb Ranch where bikers hang for food, etc. 10 miles north is Buckhorn campground, well worth it if open.

Hipcamper Evan
Evan C.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2018

Poured rain all through the night, woke up to an empty, mist filled campground. It was great!

Hipcamper Yuna
Yuna L.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2018

Camped 3 times this year so far after snow melted, I love both sites, Manzanita and Little pines! Both has an amazing view. Not much shades so be prepared. lots of sunscreen and a cabin type of a tent would be so nice. Lots of hiking trails to go wonder around. It's a family friendly campsite. You'll see a million stars at night! I can't believe it's only one hour drive from downtown LA. It gets super busy on weekends ( drive around til you find a spot or you won't find any ) so Come reserve a spot on Friday to camp on weekends during the warm months. No water when I camped so bring plenty! In April, the temperature dropped to below 40 at night, we survived in a tent with 3 little kids! but hey, be sure to check the weather before you go!

Hipcamper Gail
Gail K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2018

Wonderful place. BUT the bathroom walls, floor and vault toilets need a good hosing down!!!
While we where there they only replaced the toile paper. No wonder people go in the woods!

Hipcamper Ian
Ian H.
recommends this listing.
December 6th, 2017

First come, first serve spots. Each site at this location is really unique, with roxk formations on some, great views north and south, and a various array of trees. Two cars are allowed per site, wth additional being an extra charge (I believe $5-$10/day). Restrooms are scattered throughout, and water spouts between most sites (was told that while potable, should be boiled first). There’s hiking in every direction, and some great slot canyons to the west. The wind can pick up from the north in the fall, so anchor down your tent (lesson learned).

Hipcamper Ruth
Ruth I.
recommends this listing.
October 17th, 2017

At $15 a night, very cheap. It can get quite windy and cold at night, and every time I've been there fellow campers have been pretty noisy using amplified sound which drove me nuts. Quite a beautiful. lunar landscape. I enjoy winter camping out here - I think it would be brutal in the summer.

Hipcamper omar
Omar C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 17th, 2017

Awesome Campsite. Close to LA and has great views for the watching the sunset. was not very busy at the early end of the season. found a site, no reservation. Decent bathrooms, Not many trees, not big ones at least. Compared to Buckhorn campground which is just a bit further up the mountain. Overall had a very good experience here. was not very cold when i went. Made it with just a hoodie and waterproof jacket. Road was paved but not maintained. Beautiful views for stars as well as long exposure photography.

Angeles National Forest
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