Traveling in California

Traveling in California


652,704 acres. Consisting of tracts north and east of Los Angeles, this National Forest includes rugged peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, with rock formations and outcrops, cliffs and canyons. Highest point in the forest is 10,064-foot Mount Baldy.

I In the region are many streams with waterfalls and several rivers, along with forests of pine, fir, and cedar, some 2,000-year-old Limber pines, plus chaparral and manzanita. Among the wildlife are mule deer, black bear, bighorn sheep, and coyote.

There are three designated wilderness areas: the 44.000-acre Sheep Mountain Wilderness, the 36.000-acre San Gabriel Wilderness, and 8,500 acres of the Cucamonga Wilderness.

I Activities: This National Forest has about 525 miles of trails for hiking and backpacking, including 131 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entry page 113) and the 53-mile Silver Moccasin Trail. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Some routes receive heavy use.

Horseback riding is possible on most trails. Cross-country skiing is available on some trails and roads during winter. Hunting and fishing are permitted in season.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of Angeles National Forest, except where posted otherwise. Sites should be at least 100 feet from trails and water sources, and 200 feet from other campsites.

A free fire permit is required for the use of stoves and campfires from May 15 until the winter rain season. A wilderness permit is necessary in order to enter and camp in the Sheep Mountain and Cucamonga Wilderness areas, but not in the San Gabriel Wilderness. Permits are available in person or by mail.

For Further Information: Angeles National Forest, 701 North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006; (818)574-5200.

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