Chilao Campground

Area Status: Open


General Camping Info: Find helpful guidance and tips for an enjoyable trip to the forest!

Know Fire & Other Restrictions Before You Go!: These conditions can affect your entire trip. For example, Extreme and Critical fire use restrictions mean no campfires and no portable cooking systems/stoves. Bring cold food and no S'mores. 

Be Bear Aware!: Bear safety is critical, for the safety of your group and/or you, as well as our bears. Help keep bears wild by following these tips. 

Overview of Site: 

Chilao Campground sits at an elevation of 5,300 feet, giving campers majestic panoramas of nearby Vetter Lookout and Big Tujunga Canyon. The campground offers two different loops for tent camping: Little Pines and Manzanita. Each loop offers 40+ sites for camping. Manzanita is used for overflow during winter months. Little Pines is open year-roud dependent on winter and/or road conditions. Wildlife is very active in this area and campers should ensure they secure their food when site is unattended.

Campground Loop Status: Little Pines Loop to remain open as weather conditions allow. Manzanita Loop will only open when Little Pines Loop is full.

Amenities: 84 campsites spread out over 2 loops. Picnic tables. Vault toilets. Piped water. Dumpsters.  

Hiking: Access to the Silver Moccassin Trail 

RVs: Maximum RV length is 18' - No hookups.

At a Glance

Reservations: Campsites are first-come, first-served. Reserving or holding of sites not allowed.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $12 fee covers one vehicle (8 people per site) per night, $5 for extra vehicle. 50% off discounts given for Senior or Accessible America the Beautiful Pass holders. (Adventure Pass not accepted in-lieu of camping fee.)
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: See current fire restrictions.
Closest Towns: La Cañada Flintridge
Water: Piped water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please call the Acton Work Center at: (661) 269-2808 for current conditions and additional information. For more office info, visit Information & Pass Sales.

General Information


From Interstate 210 in the city of La Cañada Flintridge, exit at Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2) and drive northeast for 26 miles to the signed campground on the left.

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