About the Forest

The Angeles National Forest was established by Executive Order in December 1892. It covers about 700,000 acres and is the backyard playground to the huge metropolitan area of Los Angeles. The Angeles manages the watersheds within its boundaries to provide valuable water to southern California and to protect surrounding communities from catastrophic floods.

The land within the Forest is as diverse in appearance and terrain as it is in the 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.



Angeles National Forest Visitor Centers

The Angeles National Forest has three visitor centers and two information centers in different areas of the forest. These centers provide services and literature for visitors including environmental education activities, general forest information and forest related materials.

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.