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Angeles Crest Hiking & Camping

pine forest L.A. This public forest land proximity to the large metro region of Los Angeles can make it a haven for weary city dwellers needing a quick escape. Sport cars, motorcyles, RVs and tourists all drive these winding highways. Be warned that the valley views are often hindered by dense smog rising up from the coastal basin below. However, on a windy, sunny and clear spring day, it can make L.A. county look almost like paradise with ocean views seen from 100 miles away. Fire restrictions are often extremely high in these parts, so open back country campfires are seldom allowed. It is rumored that this is one of the largest 'dead body dumping grounds' on the west coast, but what do you expect from a metropolis like LA.
angeles crest

Wilderness areas within the forest:

Wilderness Area
Acres
Cucamonga Wilderness Map
12,781
San Gabriel Wilderness
36,118
Sheep Mountain Wilderness
42,367

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Angeles Crest
Photo Credit © Cindy C of ODC

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Desert Country Mountain
high desert terrain on eastern slopes facing Antelope Vlly rolling hills & wildflower meadows, lakes, Grapevine, Interstate 5 pine forest, scenic drives along Hwy. 2, ski resorts

Nearby cities & towns:

Altadena CA
La Canada CA
Los Angeles CA
Mount Baldy CA
Palmdale CA
Pasadena CA
Rancho Cucamonga CA
San Bernardino CA
Valencia CA
Wrightwood CA

Angeles Backpacking

  • convenient & close to Los Angeles
  • drive to your trail head in a short amount of time
  • open ground fires are usually not allowed (unless low fire danger is in force)
  • wilderness hiking, camp or fire permits are required
  • permits are required for overnight back country camping
  • check with the correct ranger district for all back country camping restrictions
  • Pacific Crest Trial runs through this mountain range
  • many other loop trails are available

Angeles Ranger Stations:
Angeles Forest Headquarters
Arcadia CA
626-574-1613
Los Angeles River District
Flintridge CA
818-790-1151
San Gabriel River District
Glendora CA
626-335-1251
Santa Clara / Mojave Rivers District
Saugus CA
661-296-9710

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