Angeles National Forest Off Highway Vehicles Brochure

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Rrecreation symbol ohv JeepRrecreation symbol ohv mtorcycleRrecreation symbol ohv Quad   The Angeles National Forest covers 700,000 acres within Los Angeles County and provides many opportunities for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use.  

The Forest provides three major Off Highway Vehicle Staging Areas which offer the only OPEN riding opportunities. The rest of the Forest has a system of OHV DESIGNATED ROUTES which are the only roads and trails open to use by 4­ wheel drive vehicles, ATV’s or motorcycles. The routes are identified by “Designated Route” signs.  All OHV support vehicles parked in the National Forest, along roads or in all but the San Gabriel OHV Area, must display an Adventure Pass.  Enjoy your visit, and remember to “Tread lightly”!


Rowher Flat, ­Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District - About 47 miles of marked trails in a 10,000- acre OHV area. Some trails are impassable due to poor condition. Trails require intermediate to advanced riding skills. Novices should stay on the flat areas. An Adventure Pass is not required for green or red sticker vehicles but is needed for other vehicles parked in the OHV area. Overnight camping is allowed, although there are no developed camping facilities. Toilets are provided, but no water is available. From Highway 14, take Sierra Highway off-ramp (north); turn left on Rush Canyon Road.

Littlerock Reservoir ­- Please call the concessionaire at Littlerock Dam for information, at (661) 533-1900.

OHV Open Area is sandy, rocky, flat, dry reservoir land. An Adventure Pass is required for vehicles parked in the Recreation Area. This is also a popular fishing location, and picnic areas are provided. No overnight camping is allowed. Take Highway 138 to Cheseboro Road. Turn south, 2 1/2 miles to the entrance station.

Drinkwater Flat - ­Open to the public.

San Gabriel Canyon - ­San Gabriel River Ranger District - 150 acres of rocky, sandy reservoir land. Streamflow year-round. Open Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fees: $8 per primary vehicle, $5 per secondary vehicle. Crowded on weekends. Toilets are provided, although there is no water. From the 210 Freeway, take the Azusa Ave., Highway 39 exit. Go north about 12 miles to Staging Area. Call (626) 910­1235 or (626) 335­1251 for information.

A FEW REMINDERS:  Spark arrestors are required on all motorcycles, ATVs, and Odysseys. Approved muffler systems are required on all four-wheel­ drive vehicles. All vehicles must be registered, and have green or red stickers (seasonally) for off-highway vehicles; regular State Registration is required for street legal vehicles. Proper protective gear can make your ride safer and more enjoyable. Please wear a helmet, boots, gloves and eye protection. State law requires that all ATV riders must wear a helmet, and riders under age 18 must have completed an ATV safety course.  ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL OFFICE FOR CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS BEFORE YOU RIDE!

Follow this link to a Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Map. 

Los Angeles Gateway Ranger District

12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA 91342
(818) 899-1900
CRS (800) 735-2922 (Voice)
CRS (800) 735-2929 (TDD/TTY)


San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

110 N. Wabash Ave.
Glendora, CA 91741
(626) 335-1251

CRS (800) 735-2922 (Voice)
CRS (800) 735-2929 (TDD/TTY)


Upated  10/17