Messenger Flats Campground

Area Status: Open

This campground is hike-in only.

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. 

Elevation: 5,500-foot elevation

Amenities: 10 campsites with picnic tables and campfire rings, vault toilets. There is no water available. Please bring enough water for cooking, cleaning, drinking, and extinguishing campfires. 

Hiking: Just a short walk to the Pacific Crest Trail located across from the campground entrance 

Corrals: Two horse corrals available. 

Fees: Camping - Adventure Pass/America the Beautiful Pass Required. Campsites are first come-first served. No reserving or holding of campsites allowed. 

          Day use - Adventure Pass/America the Beautiful Pass Required.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is hike-in only.
Fees: Adventure Pass/America the Beautiful Pass required.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: See current fire restrictions.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Call the Los Angeles Gateway District Office at (818) 899-1900 for current conditions and additional information. For more office info visit Information & Pass Sales.

General Information


Location: From Interstate 210 in La Canada exit at Angeles Crest Hwy (Hwy. 2) and drive north for 9 miles. Turn left onto the Angeles Forest Hwy (County Rd. N3) and drive about 12 miles to Mill Creek Summit. Turn left on Santa Clara Divide Rd. and continue 9 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 10 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Horse Camping

Horse Riding


Recreation Areas

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