Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest was established by Executive Order in December, 1892. It covers over 650,000 acres and is the backyard playground to the huge metropolitan area of Los Angeles. The Angeles National Forest 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 provides a thousand square miles of open space and a variety of recreation opportunities year-around.

The Angeles 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 recreational activities page for more information.

Many of the facilities and services in the Angeles National Forest are free. Some areas and facilities in the Angeles, as well as in the other national forests of Southern California, require the Adventure Pass or other recreation fees to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that forest visitors enjoy.

To learn if fees are required at the area or facility you plan to visit, please consult the Recreation Fee Areas map or contact the Forest Service office nearest your destination. For more information on the Adventure Pass program, including where to purchase passes, please visit our Adventure Pass web page.

Contact Angeles National Forest

Mike McIntyre
Los Angeles River Ranger District Ranger
12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, California  91342
Phone: (818) 899-1900
Fax: (818) 896-6727


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