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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.