Northeast Los Angeles County Campgrounds

Lancaster, California

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As in Northwest L.A. County, the Angeles National Forest dominates the landscape, along with the San Gabriel Mountains. The Angeles Crest Scenic Byway (California 2), which runs 66 miles from LaCanada to Wrightwood, climbs to the crest of the San Gabriels, where mile after mile of scenic vistas unfold. Two visitor centers and four campgrounds are located along the route, with more campgrounds a short distance off the highway. A worthwhile side trip is Mount Wilson, where one of the world's largest telescopes is located. It provides sweeping views across the Los Angeles basin to the Pacific Ocean. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Saddleback Butte State Park, Monte Cristo, Lightning Point, Messenger Flat, Chilao Recreation Area, Bandido, Horse Flats, Sulphur Springs, Mount Pacifico, Buckhorn, Blue Ridge, Guffy, Lupine, Table Mountain, Apple Tree, Lake, Mountain Oak, Jackson Flat, Sycamore Flats, South Fork, Big Rock, Rocky Point, Sage, Basin, Coldbrook, Crystal Lake Recreation Area, and Manker Flats.
Camping Southern California

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Camping Southern California

by Richard McMahon (Falcon Guides)

As in Northwest L.A. County, the Angeles National Forest dominates the landscape, along with the San Gabriel Mountains. The Angeles Crest Scenic Byway (California 2), which runs 66 miles from LaCanada to Wrightwood, climbs to the crest of the San Gabriels, where mile after mile of scenic vistas unfold. Two visitor centers and four campgrounds are located along the route, with more campgrounds a short distance off the highway. A worthwhile side trip is Mount Wilson, where one of the world's largest telescopes is located. It provides sweeping views across the Los Angeles basin to the Pacific Ocean. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Saddleback Butte State Park, Monte Cristo, Lightning Point, Messenger Flat, Chilao Recreation Area, Bandido, Horse Flats, Sulphur Springs, Mount Pacifico, Buckhorn, Blue Ridge, Guffy, Lupine, Table Mountain, Apple Tree, Lake, Mountain Oak, Jackson Flat, Sycamore Flats, South Fork, Big Rock, Rocky Point, Sage, Basin, Coldbrook, Crystal Lake Recreation Area, and Manker Flats.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Lancaster
Campsites: 27 Separate campgrounds
Season: All year, but many only open spring to fall
Local Contacts: California Department of Parks and Recreation; Angeles National Forest
Topo Map: Northeast Los Angeles County Campgrounds Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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1/28/2003

I was dropped off at Mt.Wilson and hiked down to spend the night at Henneger Flats. It is pretty amazing that such a good backpacking trip can be had this close to L.A. It's all downhill and when you reach Henneger Flats Campground there is a spectacular view of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean! Well worth it. Don't forget to check in with the Ranger at the campground. I did and she woke me up just as I was dozing off. I saw lots of large birds and some beautiful groves of pine trees. I'll do this again.

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