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.

Monument's Labor Day Weekend Features Artist-in-Residence Program

Artist-in-Resident Amy Nettleton program submision piece

The Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument continue their 2015 Artist in Residence program at Crystal Lake Recreation Area over Labor Day weekend with two artists presenting their works to the public over the holiday.

Singer/songwriter Michael Zigon and his three-piece band return to Crystal Lake Amphitheater for a free sunset concert on Saturday, September 5. The band performed at the amphitheater in early August as part of a weeklong residency and are back to play audience favorites and new music composed during their previous stay. In August, Zigon also conducted several free workshops, including wilderness survival skills and music lessons.

Cystal Lake Ampitheater
Singer/Songwriter Michael Zigon plays Crystal Lake Ampitheather this holiday weekend

He will host free workshops again at Crystal Lake Visitor Center over the holiday weekend, where a schedule of public events will be posted.

Painter Amy Nettleton will share her “plein aire” works with forest visitors at a weekend open house near the Visitor Center. She will also conduct a demonstration of her technique and provide free workshops to visitors interested in learning about and working hands-on with oil painting. In addition, volunteer rangers will conduct nature walks and interpretive talks over the weekend for the public. Workshop times for all events will also be posted at Crystal Lake Visitor Center.

Highway 39 and Crystal Lake are open to the public after the Cabin Fire burned 1,723 acres in a remote area several miles south of Crystal Lake. Drivers are advised that the burned area will remain closed to the public indefinitely, but that conditions through the affected area are safe to drive through.

Artist-in-Resident Amy Nettleton program submision piece


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

Mt. Baldy Trail (Commonly Known as Bear Canyon Trail) Closure Order

Eaton Canyon Upper Area Closure Order

Printable Angeles National Forest Visitor Guide


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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Angeles National Forest Partnership Programs

Penny Pines and Plant-a-Tree are part of the partnership program. They are instrumental in helping the Forest replant burned areas resulting from blazes such as the Station Fire.

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.


Key Contacts

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