The Angeles National Forest is located in the south western part of California.
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Welcome to the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mtns. National Monument

The Angeles National Forest offers natural environments, spectacular scenery, developed campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming, fishing, skiing and the solitude of quiet wilderness areas. Trails winding throughout the forest accommodate hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. Please visit our recreational activities page for more information.

High Speed Rail GI Study – Update:

The comments period for the GI study is now closed.
New document(s) uploaded Nov. 12, 2015.
Please check regularly over the next few weeks for additional uploads.
Contact: George Farra 626-574-5301.
A picturesque view from Vetter Lookout Tower
Fall is in full effect in the Forest


Forest and Monument Notices

Seasonal Campground Closures- November 15th

  • Buckhorn Campground
  • Manzanita Campground
  • Meadow Group Campground
  • Bandido Group Campground
  • Horse Flats Campground
  • Santa Clara Divide Road (3N17) will be gated at the Angeles Crest Christian Camp (ACCC) but will remain open between Three Points and the ACCC.
  • 3N14 between Loomis Ranch and Santa Clara Divide Road
  • Little Pines Campground, Charlton Flat Picnic Area, and Chilao Picnic Area will remain open until the first significant winter storm blows through the area. There will be no water available, so please make sure to bring an adequate supply for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. The fee for Little pines is $12 per night and is good for 8 people and 2 cars per site.
  • Monte Cristo Campground will be closed for campground renovations for approximately 3 months- beginning Monday October 5th to mid-January 2016. The last day the campground will be open to the public will be Sunday, October 4th.
  • 09/07/2015 - Due to an unforseen leak in a water pipe, Chilao Campground is without drinking water. Campers are required to bring their own drinking water. Crews are assessing the leak, but a time frame for the completed repair is unknown at the moment. Please keep checking back for updates. For questions, please call 818-899-1900
  • Due to rock and mudslides, Angeles Crest Hwy (HWY 2) has been closed between Islip Saddle and Vincent Gap. It's reopening is unknown at this time.


Current Closure Orders and Maps

Protection of the Arroyo Toad promoted the closure of the Little Rock Recreation Area which extends from Joshua Tree Campground to the north, to Sulphur Springs Campground at the south, east along Alimony Ridge, and west to a point just east of the Desert Marksman permit area. This area will be closed to ALL USE until further notice.

Santa Clara Divide Road is closed to vehicle traffic from Alder Saddle to Bear Divide, along with Moody Cyn. Rd. , BP&L Rd. up to Northfork, and Indian Cyn. Open to all other uses.

Cabin Fire Closure Legals and Maps

*UPDATED* 10/2014 Powerhouse Fire Closure Order & Map

Eaton Canyon Upper Area Closure Order


USDA - Forest Service Participates at the 2015 World Special Olympics

photo collage of FS particpation in the 2015 World Special Olympics

On behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service employees from the Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains National Monument along with enthusiastic volunteers had the privilege to staff a booth at the 2015 World Special Olympics, held from July 23 through August 2 at the University of Southern California. This was an agency wide effort with collaborative support provided from the Washington Office and the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5).

Rincon Shortcut Rules and Regulations Permit

This document provides the new/adjusted rules for use of the Rincon Shortcut.  This document will be the new permit and now eliminates the requirement and confusion for a high clearance vehicle. It does identify that both a high clearance and 4 wheel drive vehicle are highly recommended.

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Field Ranger Program Shines in National Monument

U.S. Forest Service employees are hard-at-work helping citizens learn about and experience the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

Forest Planning and Projects

Follow this link for information on Forest Service planning and projects.


Information for Home Owners Regarding Restoration and Structure Protection

Follow this link to get information for Home Owners regarding restoration and structure protection.

Friends of the Angeles Sensing Sessions Held

Angeles National Forest and National Forest Foundation officials hold sensing sessions.    Follow this link for more information.

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