Welcome to the Angeles National Forest!

LA's Backyard Playground

From the high desert to mountains, the forest is the backyard playground to over 20 million people in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Explore and help protect this 700,000-acre wonderland!

Discover Your Forest

Winter visits to the Angeles National Forest

Headed to the snow in Mt. Baldy/Wrightwood this weekend? Expect significant traffic congestion + no cell coverage. No gas available in the forest/monument. Tire chains/cables may be required at any time.

Park in designated parking areas only to allow emergency vehicles to pass, Doing this can help save the life of someone's family member or friend or perhaps even your own!

Winter is no joke in the Angeles National Forest, especially in the San Gabriel Mountains. Hiking at high elevations in winter conditions requires mountaineering training and special equipment. Elevations range up to 10,064 feet, with Mt. San Antonio, aka Mt. Baldy, as the highest point. 

UPDATE Saturday and Sunday, 2/24 - 2/25 - Avalanche danger is extreme on high-angle exposure areas at this time, as per West Valley Search and Rescue. Hiking up the Ski Hut trail, Baldy Bowl, San Antonio Peak via the switchbacks, Chapman Trail, and Ice House Canyon Saddle to Cucamonga Peak is NOT advised this weekend.

Even those with advanced alpine skills will face potential life-threatening conditions.

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Are you interested in off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas in the Angeles National Forest?

We want your input on which State of California off-highway vehicle (OHV) grants the Angeles National Forest should apply for in early March. There are seven categories of grants including Law Enforcement, Ground Operations (road, trail, and cleaning of staging areas), Restoration, Development, Acquisitions, Education, and Planning.

You can comment in multiple ways:

1. Come meet our recreation staff at Rowher Flats OHV Area or San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area on Sat., Feb. 17, and Sun., Feb. 18, 2024, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to share your feedback.

2. Email us here OR at sm.fs.angeles_info@usda.gov with "OHV Comments" in the subject line.

3. Drop off or mail your feedback by close-of-business on Weds. Feb. 28, 2024, to:

Angeles National Forest
ATTN: Mike Paniagua
Los Angeles Gateway District
12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA 91342

Potential grants will be used to help manage some of the only OHV areas in the Los Angeles Basin, specifically in the Angeles National Forest (which includes the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument).

Can't comment now? No worries. You will have an opportunity to provide comments to the State of California OHV Division about our grant applications from Mar. 5 - May 6, 2024. A link for this additional comment period will be posted here on/about Mar. 4, 2024.

2024 OHV Grant Comment Card

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Trail Conditions

Reporting trail conditions? Please report major trail conditions that make a trail impassable or nearly impassable (e.g., large segments of washed out trail, fallen trees, etc.). Provide the name of the trail, the nature and location of the issue, and (if possible) include any photos and precise longitude and latitude coordinates.


  • Who We Are

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    The Angeles National Forest was established by Executive Order in December 1892. The Angeles manages the watersheds within its boundaries to provide valuable water to southern California and to protect surrounding communities from catastrophic floods.

  • History

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    Your national forests hold the evidence of more than 10,000 years of human history. Most people don’t realize that the history of 99% of human life in southern California was made during a time when there were no written records.

  • Nature

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    The Angeles National Forest is home to rich biodiversity. Your forest has a unique Mediterranean ecosystem full of wildlife, flora, and much more!

  • Visit Us

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    The Angeles National Forest is an urban national forest in the center of an ever-changing population and provides a place for surrounding communities to experience solitude, quiet, and enjoy unique recreation opportunities.

  • Fire Management

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    Our mission is to provide safe, efficient and economical fire management while sustaining, protecting and restoring ecosystems.


Angeles Fuels Program

The Angeles National Forest Fuels Program mission is to manage fuels at the landscape scale to restore and maintain fire-resilient landscapes that are compatible with their historical fire return interval, a core goal of the Cohesive Strategy.

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Forest Fire Restoration Program

Not all areas and resources impacted by wildfires will recover naturally, so forest managers and partners have launched a number of restoration efforts intended to produce ecosystems that are able to adapt and thrive over time.

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