Angeles National Forest

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Angeles National Forest

California

(626) 574-1613

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Overview

Located in southern California, lies the Angeles National Forest, encompassing 694,187 acres including almost the entire San Gabriel Mountain range. The Forest provides the striking backdrop to southern California 's largest metropolitan area, the city of Los Angeles.

Topography on the forest ranges from mountain peaks over 10,000 feet to low-lying canyon bottoms at a mere 1,200 feet above sea level. A good introduction to the Forest is a drive along the scenic Angeles Crest Highway (State Highway No. 2). Along the way, see how the vegetation changes with elevation and watch for wildlife such as bobcat, mountain lion, bear, and perhaps get a glimpse of impressive Nelson bighorn sheep.

The forest offers year-round opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, boating, picniking, and sightseeing. Over 800 miles of forest trails lead hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and off-highway vehicle riders across rugged backcountry, along high, scenic ridges, and through shady, tree lined canyons. During the winter, visitors can ski at one the five ski areas or cross country ski, snow camp, hike, snow-mobile, or just play in the snow.

Image: USDA Forest Service

Map of Angeles Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 34.450056, -118.240056

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is allowed throughout Angeles National Forest, however, only non-motorized boating is allowed in the Santa Clara/Mojave Ranger District. Boating - Non-Motorized

    Boating - Non-Motorized Areas

    Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District The Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office is located at 28245 Avenue Crocker, Suite 220, Valencia, CA 91355 Wilburn (Bob) Blount, District Ranger (661) 296-9710 CRS 1 800 735 2929 This is a new website for the Angeles National Forest and is a work in progress. Some information that transferred from the previous site may need updating or correcting. Please contact the Ranger District Offices, if you have questions regarding content.

  • Bicycling

    All 557 miles of hiking and equestrian trails except the Pacific Crest Trail and trails in Wilderness Areas are open to mountain bikes.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    A good introduction to the forest is to drive along the scenic Angeles Crest Highway (State Highway 2). This highway cuts through the forest and provides dramatic changes in elevation and vegetation. There are also numerous highways and county roads that provide great views of the park.

  • Camping

    Campsites are first come, first- served with a maximum 14-day stay at a site, and a total of 30 days stay per year in this Forest.

  • Fishing

    There are several areas on the Angeles National Forest that offer shoreline and/or boat fishing, and many are stocked periodically by the Department of Fish and Game.

  • Hiking

    The Angeles National Forest offers 557 miles of hiking and equestrian trails which include 73 miles of National Recreation Trails and 176 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). These trails offer ample choices for all, from beginners to experienced outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Historic Sites

    The Angeles National Forest has three Visitor Centers and two information centers located throughout the forest. Visitor programs on the forest range from environmental educational activities, providing general forest information, and sales of forest related materials.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Angeles National Forest offers 557 miles of hiking and equestrian trails which include 73 miles of National Recreation Trails and 176 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). These trails offer ample choices for all, from beginners to experienced outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted throughout the Angeles National Forest during hunting seasons designated by the California State Department of Fish and Game.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The Angeles National Forest provides 364 miles of designated OHV routes (roads). Because of the many different uses of the Forest and the delicate environment, all OHV travel must be on designated routes and trails or in designated Open Areas.

    When off-roading, all vehicles must meet DMV standards for approved mufflers and current registration. Off-highway vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs and Odysseys must be equipped with approved spark arresters and have valid green stickers. Remember - State law requires that ALL ATV riders wear a helmet.

  • Picnicking

    Found throughout the Forest, picnic sites are for day-use only, and are available on a first come, first- served basis. Choose from sites offering only one or two picnic tables, to large areas such as Charlton Flats, Stonyvale or Chantry Flat which offer dozens of picnic sites. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for vehicles parked in these areas.

  • RVing

    Rving is available in the forest.

  • Water Sports

    Angeles National Forest has numerous swimming areas and beaches that are open year-round for swimming and water sports.

  • Winter Sports

    Popular sports such as cross-country skiing, snow camping, hiking, snowmobiling and snow play are popular when the forest it is blanketed with snow. Downhill skiing is available at all of the following commercial ski areas: Mt. Baldy, Mountain High, Ski Sunrise, Snowcrest Snowpark and Mt. Waterman.

Seasonality/Weather

The forest offers year-round opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, boating, picniking, and sightseeing

Park Partners

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Directions

Flying

Angeles National Forest is less than an hours drive from the city of Los Angeles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(626) 574-1613

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