Located in the San Bernadino Mountains, Wrightwood, Calif., offers hiking, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing (during winter), boating and bird-watching. Located 15 miles off Interstate 15, Wrightwood evolved from a cattle ranch and apple orchard into a quiet mountain town. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Angeles National Forest are nearby.
Angeles National Forest - Blue Ridge Campgrounds
The forest sites are primitive, meaning there are no hookups available and RV travelers must be self-contained and use their own gray-water and showers. Vaulted pit toilets are available, along with picnic tables, fire pits and rings. The land managers of the forest ask that visitors observe fire restrictions when signs are placed, as the region can be hot and dry and prone to forest fires during the peak summer season (April through October.) The Blue Ridge site has eight sites and can handle RVs up to 20 feet in length. For hikers, the Pacific Crest Trail runs right beside the Blue Ridge campgrounds. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash while on forest service property.
USFS Blue Ridge Campgrounds
Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2)
Wrightwood, CA 92397
USFS Angeles National Forest
701 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Just a few miles from downtown Wrightwood, in the Angeles National Forest region, is the Buckhorn Campground. Suitable for RVs up to 30 feet, the Buckhorn is a primitive RV park and campground. There are vaulted toilets available, but there are no electric or water hookups. RVs need to be self-contained and use their own gray water and shower systems. Water is available through taps on-site, but are not suitable to hook up to RV intakes. There are 38 sites at the Buckhorn RV campground, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking aprons are paved and average 12 feet by 32 feet. RV guests should be aware that cell phone service is not available due to the remote nature of the park and campgrounds. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash while in the park. The managers also want campers to know this is bear country and to lock up food, according to bear safety rules.
Los Angeles River Ranger District
4600 Oak Grove Drive
Flintridge, CA, 91011
Table Mountain Campground
The Table Mountain Campground, a few miles from Wrightwood, is another primitive campground. Fire rings and barbecue grills, scenic views, picnic tables and vaulted toilets are all available. No hookups are available, so RV campers should be self-sufficient with their water systems, sewer/gray water systems and toilets. Campsites are level and most are under the canopy of shade-providing pine trees. An amphitheater is on-site where rangers hold presentations for campers and guests. The campground and RV park has several hiking trails nearby. Pets are welcome but must be on leash while on the campground premises. On-line reservations can be made at recreation.gov/.
Table Mountain Campground
Pearblossom, CA 93563
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.