About the Forest

The Angeles National Forest was established by Executive Order in December 1892. It covers approximately 700,000 acres and is the backyard playground to 18 million+ people in the Greater Los Angeles Area. One of the main reasons why it was set aside: water management and flood control. By managing the watersheds within its boundaries, the Angeles National Forest helps to provide valuable water to Southern California and protects surrounding communities from catastrophic floods.

The land within the forest is diverse in appearance, terrain, and in opportunities it provides for enjoyment. Elevations range from 1,200 to 10,064 feet. Much of the forest is covered with dense chaparral, which changes to pine and fir-covered slopes as you reach the majestic peaks of the higher elevations.

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 Visitor Guide for more information.



Visitor Centers

Need info or to purchase a pass on a weekday...

If you need information about the Angeles National Forest or San Gabriel Mountains National Monument or to purchase a pass on a weekday, visit one of our offices

Need info on a weekend...

The Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area have several visitor centers and information stations, many of which are staffed by volunteers. These locations are open for the general public on weekends. Some locations offer education programs for school groups, as well as exhibits. 

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Angeles National Forest Roads and Trails


  • Shortcut Road is closed to all access until further notice.
  • Rincon Road is Closed due to the San Gabriel Complex. The access/exit point is Hwy 39.  Warning, there are numerous sharp rocks along the road.

Highway, roads, and trails in the Angeles National Forest - San Gabriel Mountains National Monument are handled at the federal, state, county and city levels of government. The U.S. Forest Service manages highways with the letter “N” in the designation such as 5N12, 6N09, and 7N13.

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