Looking for a place to get away from it all? Camp without the crowds at Idlehour Trail Camp, a seriously prime spot in Angeles National Forest. Just a few hours from the city, take a deep breath of the fresh forest air and chill out in the haven that is Idelhour Trail Camp. Bring your boots—sites are first-come, first-served and all hike-in.

Campsite area
Tent sites
3 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 Idlehour Trail Camp.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Faysal
Faysal S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 17th, 2022

A gem tucked away in the Angeles Forest! Parked up at Mount Wilson observatory in the Cosmic Cafe parking lot and trekked down for a 6.5mile descent into Idlehour campground. First come first serve, with 3 official camp spots (2 with their own benches and stoves), but honestly you can put your tent wherever you want there's a lot of room on the grassy areas, so easily at least 7 sites with ample room. I went in April and the river was flowing and temperature was perfect. The trek back up to Mount Wilson was a steady 3200 ft gain which was brutal carrying a 33lb pack, did it in 2.5hrs but my pace is quick and I only stopped once for 5mins. Alternatively can start at Eaton Creek and hike up to Idlehour and then back down to your car.

Hipcamper Alicia
Alicia S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 12th, 2017

Btw, temps during the day in the 70s; at night, maybe upper 40s/low 50s

Hipcamper Alicia
Alicia S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 12th, 2017

Just got back from a 2-day/1-night backpack to Idlehour campground; a most gracious, wondrous and mystical location untouched (mostly) by man. With beautiful scenery, you're greeted by butterflies, touched by lingering branches, cooled by the creek's rushing water flow and enter the nearby campground (from Inspiration Pt). A most wondrous time; this place is definitely camera ready.

Hipcamper Sean
Sean Q.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 12th, 2017

Awesome camp after a solid day hike. Went in the fall, and temps got into the 30s/40s at night. Creek was trickling!

Hipcamper Faysal S.
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April 17th, 2022
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May 16th, 2018
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March 7th, 2017
Hipcamper Sean Q.
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January 12th, 2017
Angeles National Forest
United States
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34.208° N, 118.084° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 3 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)