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


Not all forest sites have LA's warm weather...

You might be thinking..."The weather in LA is beautiful. Let's go for a hike!" But, it's not that simple in the Angeles National Forest or San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, depending on where you go.

Expect a variety of environments, temperatures, and different levels of preparation necessary when visiting the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Forest sites range from the foothills at low elevations with LA-like weather and wildflowers blooming TO mid-range temperatures at trailheads accessing the high country TO treacherous snowy, icy, and other conditions on extremely steep slopes at high elevations, including in the Mt. Baldy area.

Heading to high elevations in the mountains for a hike in winter-like conditions is nothing like a normal winter hike. Steep mountain faces mean that one wrong step could be your last. Special preparations are necessary to include mountaineering training and special equipment (crampons, helmet, ice axe, plus the 10 essentials, etc.) due to snow and/or ice. 

Save a life!...Park in designated parking areas, not blocking roadways, whenever you visit the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. This allows emergency vehicles to pass, thereby helping to save the life of someone's family member / friend or perhaps even your own in the case of a medical emergency or wildfire. 

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Crystal Lake temporary closure from April 9-14
Trees to be sprayed to prevent the spread of the Western pine beetle

Crystal Lake Recreation Area in the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, April 9, until possibly through Sunday, April 14.

During the closure, if weather and other conditions allow, ponderosa, Jeffrey/ponderosa pine hybrids, and Coulter pines will be sprayed with an insecticide (bifenthrin) from the base of each tree to up to 45-feet-high. This is necessary because adult Western pine beetles will soon exit dead trees this spring to find living trees nearby as hosts and will kill these live trees, too. Nearly 200 trees have already been killed primarily by drought and the Western pine beetle in the Crystal Lake area over the past several years. 

Please call 626-574-1613 or 626-335-1251 if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the status of the reopening date of the Crystal Lake Recreation Area. Or, visit the Angeles National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/angeles for updates.
 

Comment period extended to April 16 for the draft comprehensive river management plan for Piru Creek Wild and Scenic River

Please provide comments on the draft comprehensive river management plan for the Piru Creek Wild and Scenic River by April 16. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requires USDA Forest Service to protect and enhance river values that are rare, unique, or exemplary across the National Wild and Scenic River System. This plan is part of the effort. 

See attachments: Forest Service (usda.gov)


Comments on proposal to reestablish Santa Ana sucker at Devil's Canyon due by April 18

The Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office is proposing to reestablish the federally-threatened Santa Ana sucker at Devil's Canyon near Cogswell Dam on the Angeles National Forest. See map at https://www.fws.gov/office/carlsbad-fish-and-wildlife

Please send comments and questions to Jesse Bennett at Jesse_Bennett@fws.gov by April 18, 2024.
 

Feedback requested about off-highway vehicle (OHV) grants by May 6!

The Angeles National Forest has applied for the State of California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division’s Grant Cycle 2023. Potential grants will be used to help manage some of the only OHV areas in the Los Angeles Basin, which are located in the Angeles National Forest (including the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument).

We would appreciate your feedback on our grant applications! The public comment period is open from March 5 - May 6, 2024 (by 5 p.m. PST.

How to comment?

1. View grants here--https://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1164. Grants will be available for viewing starting on March 5. 

2. Submit comments directly to the State of California, State Park Motor Vehicle Division, at https://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1164.

OR 

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

OR

Drop off or mail hard-copy comments. All comments that are dropped off or mailed to us must be received by May 6, 2024 (at 4:30 p.m.) to:

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

We appreciate your feedback! These grants help maintain OHV opportunities across the Angeles National Forest.
 

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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.

Features

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.

View 2023 story map

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