A favorite in the San Gabriel's is Gould Mesa Trail Camp. Weekend Warriors this one is for you: with a roundtrip 2-mile hike in, a swimming hole, and it’s small peaceful setting, this camp attracts peeps of all kinds, from families to backpackers. As it is one of the go-to spots in the Angeles National Forest start your trek off early if you want to secure a spot. Here your thirst will be stream-fed (must treat before drinking), but always come prepared because the stream may be nonexistent depending on weather conditions.

Campsite area
Tent sites
5 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers


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 Gould Mesa Trail Camp.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Dave
Dave R.
doesn't recommend this listing.
June 22nd, 2019

I did not camp here, but my wife and I were looking for trail camps and somehow missed Oakwilde Trail Camp, and we just walked straight on pass this place once we saw it. Even though we backpacked all the way from Switzer on a Saturday, it was completely packed with looked to be people of almost permanent residence there. Be careful if you camp here as it close to the city. And if you like remote, this is not the place for you.

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 8th, 2015

Nice sites with a couple of vault toilets and bear proof trash cans. nice fire pits and lots of logs for sitting. Not much water in the creek in fall but it was moving pretty well. Fair number of hikers and bikers pass through.

Parked at the turnout off of Angeles Crest highway and walked down (about 1mi) with my dog for one night. My pup got a couple of goat-head stickers in his paw on the way back so that's one thing to watch out for. Good place for a one nighter to scratch the itch, especially if you're short on time.

Hipcamper Seth S.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Christoph E.
recommends this listing.
April 4th, 2018
Angeles National Forest
United States
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34.222° N, 118.178° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 5 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)