Tag Archive: Angeles National Forest

A view from the ruins of the fire lookout on South Mount Hawkins

Hiking South Mount Hawkins

South Mount Hawkins is a prominent peak deep in the San Gabriel Mountains. With commanding views of San Gabriel Canyon to the south, Sheep Mountain Wilderness to Mount Baldy to the east, and past Twin Peaks and the front range to the west, it’s easy to see why this peak had a fire lookout tower on it for so long.…

read » April 24, 2014

Forest Service Fee Update for the Angeles National Forest

BIG NEWS for Southern California Forests – the Adventure Pass may be on its way out … at least, for most of the Forest Areas. In a press release sent out by the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region just a few moments ago, the Forest Service is asking for public comments on proposed changes that would result in more than…

read » December 5, 2013

You Can Hike in the Angeles National Forest During the Shutdown

KCET finally managed to track down some Forest Service officials to ask them about what is actually going on with their federal lands during the shutdown. It was very clear that National Park units were closed down and off-limits, but the rules for National Forests and BLM lands were anything but. Now, some questions are answered … and here’s the…

read » October 2, 2013

Plague Found in the Angeles National Forest

PLAGUE! PLAGUE IN THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST!!!111! Those are the types of headlines you’ll be likely to see over the next few days, now that a plague-infected squirrel has caused several campgrounds in the eastern reaches of the Angeles to shut down. The Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow, and Pima Loops campgrounds near Wrightwood are closed for at least a week…

read » July 25, 2013

No Fees in the Angeles on National Get Outdoors Day

Tomorrow is National Get Outdoors Day – and the Angeles National Forest is celebrating by offering a Fee-Free Day to celebrate. All day on Saturday, June 8th, no Adventure Pass will be required in the Angeles National Forest – and if you want to chip in and give back on this day, you can join up with Operation Super Canyon…

read » June 7, 2013

Fire Season Starts Early

Late last week, officials in the Angeles National Forest raised the Fire Danger from Moderate to High. This in and of itself isn’t much news – the Forest Service usually ups the warning level every year – but the timing is unusual. Forest Service officials say the moisture and fuel levels in the forests of Southern California are now reaching…

read » April 29, 2013

National Park Service Recommends New Recreation Area for L.A.

Since 2005, the Park Service has been studying the San Gabriel Mountains and the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo watersheds to see if they met the criteria for inclusion in the Park Service in one way or another – either as a full fledged National Park or a National Recreation Area. In 2009 they released their findings – the areas…

read » April 11, 2013

Seasonal Re-Openings in the Angeles

As the snow starts to melt in the mountains, several recreation sites and roads are officially re-opened for the season today after being closed for the winter. The following campgrounds and picnic areas are now ready for your outdoor enjoyment: Chilao Campground Manzanita Loop Chilao Picnic Area Charleton Picnic Area Eagles Roost Picnic Area Ridgecrest Picnic Area Vista Picnic Area…

read » March 29, 2013

Bodies Found in the Angeles

I wonder how many other cities’ hiking areas have to deal with things like this. Another body was found in the Angeles National Forest yesterday afternoon. The unidentified woman’s body was found off of East Fork Road near Prairie Fork Road. Los Angeles County Sheriffs haven’t released any other details yet, and are asking anyone with further information to contact…

read » January 25, 2013

Angeles Snow Closures

A winter storm is due to roll into Southern California tonight, and with it comes the region’s first chance at decent accumulation of snow. In anticipation of the event, the Angeles National Forest will be closing Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road from the Angeles Forest Highway to the Angeles Crest Highway starting tonight at 10PM. Snow levels will be between…

read » December 12, 2012

Please Don’t Get Your Christmas Tree From the Angeles National Forest

People – I know it’s the holiday season and you want to get back to your roots and put up a Christmas tree in your apartment – but please, please, please don’t drive into the Angeles National Forest to cut one down. In other parts of the country, population centers are smaller and trees grow more plentifully, so the Forest…

read » December 4, 2012

Please Don't Get Your Christmas Tree From the Angeles National Forest

People – I know it’s the holiday season and you want to get back to your roots and put up a Christmas tree in your apartment – but please, please, please don’t drive into the Angeles National Forest to cut one down. In other parts of the country, population centers are smaller and trees grow more plentifully, so the Forest…

read » December 4, 2012

Saturday is National Public Lands Day

Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, which means many National Parks, Monuments, and Forests will be holding a fee-free day on Saturday, September 29th to help encourage people to get outside and enjoy themselves. The full list of National Parks participating in the Fee-Free day is online at the NPS web site, and our nearby National Forests will be Adventure…

read » September 28, 2012

San Gabriel Canyon Re-Opened

As of this morning, the Angeles National Forest has re-opened the closed areas of the San Gabriel Canyon. The Labor Day Weekend Williams Fire is now 100% contained and the entire San Gabriel Canyon is re-opened to the public, although Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Roads are still closed while work crews clean debris. The Forest Service has also…

read » September 14, 2012

Williams Fire Evacuation Order Lifted

A bit of good news out of the Williams Fire today – thanks to increased humidity and a bit of rain yesterday, the 4,180-acre fire is now 44% contained. The LA Times reported that evacuated residents were allowed back to their homes this morning – and any campers who were evacuated will be allowed back in to retrieve any lost…

read » September 6, 2012

Williams Fire Closes San Gabriel Canyon

Over the weekend, the Williams Fire broke out in San Gabriel Canyon and quickly spread to over 3,000 acres. You probably saw the giant plumes of smoke coming out of the mountains. Well, there has been some progress but it’s too early to call it good news. The now-3,600 acre wildfire is 15% contained and firefighters say they may be…

read » September 4, 2012

History of the Angeles National Forest

The fine folks over at LA as Subject (one of my all-time favorite blogs) and KCET (another one!) have posted a fantastic introduction to the history of the Angeles National Forest as we know it. The post traces the mountains’ industrial and recreational uses and early experience with the national conservation movement (The San Gabriel Timberland Reserve was one of…

read » May 31, 2012

More Sections of the Angeles Re-Open

In a move sure to please hikers and outdoorspeople of all stripes, the Angeles National Forest announced today that they were reopening 41,000 acres of the forest to the public … just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! The re-opened areas include a large section of Big Tujunga Canyon south to the Big Tujunga Dam. Re-opened trails include Stone Canyon…

read » May 24, 2012

Help Clean the San Gabriel River on Earth Day

The Angeles National Forest is celebrating Earth Day this Saturday, April 21st with a volunteer event to give the San Gabriel River a little spruce-up and you’re invited to help. The event will start at 8:30AM and run until 12:30 in the afternoon. If you want to help out, meet at the San Gabriel Canyon Gateway Center at 8:30, where…

read » April 19, 2012

Angeles Reforestation Problems

After 2009′s Station Fire, many Angelenos came out to help with reforestation efforts by replanting seedlings in the Station Fire Burn Zone – but unfortunately, many of those seedlings have not taken root well enough to survive. Over the weekend, the LA Times reported that only a quarter of the 900,000 or so seedlings planted were thriving, which is well…

read » April 11, 2012