Federal Campgrounds Near Grassy Hollow, California

Federal Campgrounds Near Grassy Hollow, California
The volunteer-staffed Grassy Hollow Visitor Center features a gift shop, recreation information and a variety of exhibits on the ecology of the Angeles National Forest, a 650,000-acre swath of public lands in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles. The rugged country encompasses chaparral shrubland, higher-elevation conifer forest and peaks more than 10,000 feet in height . The 2,631-mile Pacific Crest Trail traverses a portion of the national forest and passes within 100 feet of the visitor center. South of Grassy Hollow is the Sheep Mountain Wilderness, 44,000 acres of roadless terrain accommodating nearly 8,000 feet of elevation range. A variety of nearby campgrounds service overnight visitors to this diverse wilderness.

Jackson Flat Group Campground

Five group campsites are available by reservation only at this concessionaire-administered facility, located a mile west of Grassy Hollow past a locked gate. Forty people can fit in sites one through three and 30 people in sites four and five. Tables, piped water and flush toilets are the amenities, and campground features include a pair of nature paths, a hiking trail to Jackson Lake and a viewing deck.

Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District
District Office
30800 Bouquet Canyon Road
Saugus, CA 91390
(661) 296-9710

Blue Ridge Campground

This eight-site campground, open from May to November, lies at 8,000 feet, just off the Pacific Crest Trail and a few miles southeast of Grassy Hollow Visitor Center. Except during winter, the campground can be reached by Blue Ridge Road, three miles off Highway 2. Blue Ridge can accommodate RVs of 20 feet and requires an Adventure Pass for all parked vehicles. There is no piped water. Pit toilets are available.

The location and contact information for this campground and the following three are the same:

Angeles National Forest
701 North Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
(661) 296-9710

Appletree Campground

This year-round campground, also with eight sites, lies on the Big Pines Highway north of Grassy Hollow at 6,200 feet. An Adventure Pass is required for parked vehicles. The campground lacks water and has pit toilets.

Peavine Campground

Peavine is just northwest of Appletree Campground on the Big Pines Highway at 6,100 feet. It also requires the Adventure Pass and is open year-round. There is no water available and restrooms are pit toilets.

Lake Campground

This eight-site campground, administered by a concessionaire, lies southeast of Jackson Lake and northwest of Peavine and Appletree camps along the Big Pines Highway. Lake accommodates RVs as long as 18 feet and features pit toilets and piped water during the summer.

Article Written By Ethan Schowalter-Hay

Ethan Schowalter-Hay is a writer and naturalist living in Oregon. He has written for the "Observer," the Bureau of Land Management and various online publishers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Wisconsin.

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