- The Los Angeles River Ranger District offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. A good way to become acquainted with the District is to travel the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway, which highlights some of the Forest's most spectacular features. The byway, State Highway 2, runs from La Canada to Wrightwood. The west end of the byway leads through this district. Mt. Wilson offers views across the LA Basin to the Pacific Ocean.
The District offers numerous campgrounds, trails and picnic areas. All campgrounds except the group campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Trail camps are subject to closure during the winter months. The Angeles National Forest is dependent on nature to supply water; there is no guarantee of water at any site.
Fishing sites on the Los Angeles River Ranger District include Fall Creek Campground, Big Tujunga and the Arroyo Seco Canyon. Fall Creek Campground has native fisheries and access is by hiking the road or trail; no vehicles allowed. Big Tujunga and the Arroyo Seco Canyon are periodically stocked by the Department of Fish and Game when water temperatures remain below 50-60 degrees F.
There are number of roads open for OHV travel: Road 4N24 from Aliso Canyon Road to Big Buck; Road 4N32 from Aliso Canyon Road to North Fork Saddle (Road 4N33); Road 3N17 between North Fork and Indian Canyon Road (4N37); and Road 4N37 to Soledad Canyon Road.
Picnic areas on the District are located on both the Front Country and the High Country. Amenities vary with each; restrooms may be seasonal. Roads may be closed due to storms, landslides or fires.
A variety of trails provides diverse experiences on the Los Angeles. Trails range from an easy half-mile walk to access points for the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Other opportunities include The San Gabriel Wilderness where visitors have a chance to experience solitude and a landscape nearly unchanged by man. The Forest Service advises you check the weather forecast and be prepared as flash floods in the canyon bottoms and snowfall above 5,000 feet can occur anytime through June. Let someone know where you are going and when you'll be back.
Mountain bikes are welcome on all trails within the Angeles National Forest except those within a designated Wilderness or on the Pacific Crest Trail. Mountain bike travel is not recommended on the following trails: Dawn Mine, Bear Canyon, San Gabriel Peak, Tom Sloan, Burkhart, Mt. Waterman, and Dawson Saddle.
Equestrians will find horse facilities at nearly a dozen locations. Amenities vary per location. Water is not guaranteed. Horseback riding is permitted on the Pacific Crest Trail. Equestrian travel is not recommended on the Burkhart, Colby, Gold Canyon, Stone Canyon, Condor Peak, or Fall Creek trails.
Wildflowers start appearing in April at elevations below 4,000 feet.
Visitors' activities include the Haramonkngna American Indian Cultural Center (at Red Box Saddle), and the Mt. Wilson area - Skyline Park, which has picnic tables and seasonal restrooms.
Many of the recreations available on the Los Angeles River Ranger District are outlined in the Forest's monthly newsletter. This includes information pertaining to entrance passes, closures, water availability, high water areas, and much more. Call the Ranger District office for a copy - see Contact Information for phone number.
Some of the most popular activities on the Los Angeles River Ranger District include camping, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, scenic driving and viewing scenery.
Forest visitors on the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres National Forests of Southern California are required to purchase an Adventure Pass and display it on their vehicle when parked in the Forest. The cost is $5 per day or $30 per year and can be purchased in any Forest Service office or over 350 businesses throughout Southern California.
The Angeles National Forest lies mainly in the San Gabriel Mountains, just north of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Los Angeles River Ranger District is located just north of Arcadia, Pasadena, Altadena and San Fernando. Interstate 210 runs along the southern end of the district.
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