Chilao Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Little Pines - Site #17

Piped water in the campground is non-potable.  Please boil for a minimum of 5 minutes.

At a Glance:

  • 5,300-foot elevation
  • Chilao Campground consists of two loops - Little Pines and Manzanita
  • Maximum RV length is 40 feet - no hookups
  • Campsites are $12/night. Campsites are on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserving or the holding of campsites is not allowed.

What to Expect

Chilao Campground offers two different loops for tent camping, Little Pines, and Manzanita. Each loop offers 40+ sites for camping. Driving to the campground only takes an hour and a half away from downtown Los Angeles weaving up Angeles Crest Highway (HWY 2). 

The campground sits at an elevation of 5,300 feet, giving campers majestic panoramas of nearby Vetter Lookout and Big Tujunga Canyon. Both loops remain open until a major snowfall makes it impossible to enter a loop. It's also important to note that wildlife is very active in this area and campers should ensure they secure their food in proper receptacles.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water at Chilao is not drinkable. It must be boiled before consumption. It is recommended that you bring your own.
Reservations:  Reserving or holding of campsites are not allowed.  Campground is a first-come/first-served facility.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees  $12 per night/per site
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Fees are due within 30 minutes upon occupying the camp site. Occupancy is on a first come, first served basis. Campsites must be occupied the first 24 hours. Reserving or holding of campsites is not allowed. 8 people, 2 vehicles maximum per campsite. Quiet hours are 10:00 pm - 6:00 am. Check out/Change of day time is 11:00 am. Pets must be confined or on a leash. 
Water: Piped Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Adventure & Interagency Passes are not accepted in-lieu of the $12 fee.  Interagency Senior and Access Passes entitle the cardholder to 1/2 price on the camping fee.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Location: From Interstate 210 in the city of La Canada, exit at Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) and drive northeast for 26 miles to the signed campground on the left.

General Notes:

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 83 single site(s), 1 20-50 people group site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None


Picnic tables Wooden
Drinking water Non-potable
Toilets Single SST vault toilets
Fee charged for some activities $12
Tent camping
Camping trailer 40' maximum
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