- The San Gabriel River Ranger District offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. The District has several campgrounds; closures exist until further notice. The Manker Flat Campground offers both day and overnight use. No water nor restrooms currently available; porta-potties are available outside the campground. Fire rules and regulations are strictly enforced. Be sure to check the latest fire restrictions. There are several trail camps; the Ranger Station will have the most current openings, closures, and water provision information.
Fishing is enjoyed along the East and North Forks of the San Gabriel River, 1 mile above the West Fork Parking lot. The West Fork of the San Gabriel River and its tributaries from the second bridge upstream from Highway 39 is designated as catch-and-release only. Fishing is prohibited at Cogswell Reservoir and Morris Reservoir. Boats and watercraft are prohibited in San Gabriel Reservoir and Morris Reservoir. Fishing is permitted in San Gabriel Reservoir only from the OHV side of the reservoir. Rules and regulations apply; the California State Fish and Game Department have information on stocking.
OHV areas and routes on the San Gabriel include the Rincon-Shortcut OHV Route and the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area. Closures occur / rules and regulations apply; check with Ranger Station prior to arrival.
Burro Canyon Shooting Park provides target shooting under managed conditions.
Scenic picnic areas are available in two locations: the Crystal Lake Recreation Area (closed until further notice), and the Oaks Picnic Area, which is open daily with 14 group picnic sites. Open fires are only permitted in the campfire ring and stove. Charcoal barbecues are allowed in fire stoves only.
Numerous trails on the District are open to a variety of users, however, District hiking trails are not recommended for equestrian or bicycle travel. Most trails are open to hikers and backpackers except those accessed from Highway 39 (2 miles beyond the East Fork Bridge). Mountain bikes are welcome on Rincon / Shortcut Road, Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail, and the Baldy Notch Service Road. Contact the District Office for updated information.
The San Gabriel River Ranger District contains three designated Wilderness areas: Cucamonga Wilderness (permit required), Sheep Mountain Wilderness (permit required), and the San Gabriel Wilderness (permit NOT required). Each Wilderness has unique natural features along with outstanding flora and fauna.
To participate in educational, interpretive, scout, school programs, or special Forest activities such as the Watershed Restoration Project, call the District Office for details.
Many of the recreations available on the San Gabriel 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 for a copy - see Contact Information for phone number.
Visitors to San Gabriel will find many recreations to fulfill their pastimes desires: trail usage, backpacking, river running, camping, sightseeing, wildflower viewing, and more.
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 San Gabriel River Ranger District comprises the southeastern portion of the Forest, north of the cities of Duarte, Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, and Claremont. The San Gabriel Canyon and Crystal Lake Recreation Areas are accessed from State Route 39.
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