Angeles National Forest
|Angeles National Forest|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
The San Gabriel Mountains, part of the Angeles National Forest. The southwest view from Islip Saddle shows Bear Creek, a tributary of the San Gabriel River that lies within the San Gabriel Wilderness, and Twin Peaks 7,761 feet (2,366 m).
|Location||Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Arcadia, CA|
|Area||655,387 acres (2,652 km2)|
|Established||1 July 1908|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
The Angeles National Forest (ANF) of the U.S. Forest Service is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, southern California, United States. It was established on July 1, 1908, incorporating the first San Bernardino National Forest and parts of the former Santa Barbara and San Gabriel National Forests. It covers 655,387 acres (1,024.0 sq mi; 2,652.3 km2) and is located just north of the densely inhabited metropolitan area of Los Angeles.
A small part extends eastward into southwestern San Bernardino County, in the Mount San Antonio ("Mount Baldy") area. A tiny section also extends westward into northeastern Ventura County, in the Lake Piru area. Forest headquarters are in Arcadia, California.
The Angeles National Forest manages the habitats, flora and fauna ecosystems, and watersheds. Some of the rivers with watersheds within its boundaries provide valuable non-groundwater recharge water for Southern California. The existing protected and restored native vegetation absorb and slow surface runoff of rainwater to minimize severe floods and landslides in adjacent communities. The land within the Forest is diverse, both in appearance and terrain. Elevations range from 365 meters to 3,067 m (1,200 to 10,064 ft). The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the forest.
Natural history 
Tree species for which the forest is important include bigcone Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa), Coulter Pine (Pinus coulteri), and California Walnut (Juglans californica). The National Forest also contains some 29,000 acres (12,000 ha) of old growth, with: Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi) forests and mixed conifer forests (Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii), Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), and White Fir (Abies concolor)), and Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) the most abundant types.
A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking at many locations in the Angeles National Forest and other National Forests in Southern California, and this can be obtained online or from visitor centers and local merchants. Los Angeles County has declared that passes are not required on county-maintained roads. There are also many other areas that do not require the pass.
Wilderness areas 
- Cucamonga Wilderness (mostly in San Bernardino NF)
- Magic Mountain Wilderness
- Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness
- San Gabriel Wilderness
- Sheep Mountain Wilderness (partly in San Bernardino NF)
The San Gabriel Forest Reserve was established on December 20, 1892, the San Bernardino Forest Reserve on February 25, 1893, and the Santa Barbara Forest Reserve on December 22, 1903. They became National Forests on March 4, 1907, and they were combined on July 1, 1908, with all of the San Bernardino forest and portions of San Gabriel forest and Santa Barbara forest composing the new Angeles National Forest. On September 30, 1925, portions of the Angeles National Forest and the Cleveland National Forest were detached to re-establish the San Bernardino National Forest.
Station wildfire 
More than 161,000 acres (650 km2) of the forest were burned by an arson fire that began on August 26, 2009, near Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada and quickly spread, fueled by dry brush that had not burned for over 150 years. The fire burned for more than a month and was the worst in Los Angeles County history, charring one-fourth of the forest (250 square miles), displacing wildlife, and destroying 91 homes, cabins and outbuildings and the family-owned Hidden Springs cafe. During the fire, two firefighters died after driving off the Mt.Gleason County Road looking for an alternate route to get the inmates out at Camp 16.
The "Station Fire" threatened the Mount Wilson Observatory atop Mt. Wilson. The site includes two telescopes, two solar towers, and transmitters for 22 television stations, several FM radio stations, and police and fire department emergency channels.
Ranger Districts 
- Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers District
- Station: Santa Clarita
- Los Angeles River District
- Station: San Fernando
- San Gabriel River District
- Station: Glendora
Statistics and general information 
- Acres of land: 655,387 (2652 km²)
- Wilderness areas acres: 80,284 (324.9 km²)
- Miles of roads: 1,032 (1661 km)
- Visitor centers: 4
- Information centers: 4
- Fire lookout towers: 2
- Recreational residences: 505
- Picnic areas: 36
- Campgrounds: 66
- Ski areas: 2
- Entrance stations: 2
- Trailheads: 53
- Trail miles: 697 (1122 km)
- Off highway vehicle areas: 3
- Off highway vehicle route miles: 261 (420 km)
Natural features 
- Wilderness areas: 5
- Lakes and reservoirs: 10
- Rivers and stream miles: 240
Sensitive species 
- Sensitive plant: 22
- Sensitive wildlife: 23
- Threatened & endangered species: 16
Mountain peaks 
Mountain peaks within the National Forest include:
- Mount San Antonio 3,067 m (10,064 ft) also known as "Mt. Baldy"
- Pine Mountain 2,940 m (9,648 ft)
- Dawson Peak 2,918 m (9,575 ft)
- South Mount Hawkins 2,372 m (7,783') Lookout destroyed in Curve Fire 2002
- Vetter Mountain 1,800 m (5,908 ft) Site of historic Vetter Mountain Fire lookout tower
- Mount Wilson 1,740 m (5,710 ft) also providing the location of the Mount Wilson Observatory
- Mount Islip 2,514m (8,250 ft) Site of historic Mt. Islip fire lookout tower 
- Mount Baden-Powell
- Mount Burnham
- Throop Peak
- Mount Disappointment (California)
- Echo Mountain
- Mount Harwood
- Iron Mountain (Los Angeles County)
- Mount Lowe (California)
- San Gabriel Peak 1878 m
- Telegraph Peak
- Mount Lukens 1547 m (5,074 ft)
- Mount Gleason (6,502 ft)
- Waterman Mountain
Water sports 
- Pyramid Lake is located next to Interstate 5 (take Smokey Bear exit), 20 miles (32 km) north of Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, CA.
- Castaic Lake is located 7 miles (11 km) north of Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, CA just off Interstate 5 (take Lake Hughes exit.) The lake is managed by the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation
- Elizabeth Lake is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Palmdale, CA on Elizabeth Lake Rd.
Volunteer organizations 
- Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association
- Altadena Mountain Rescue Team
- Sierra Madre Search & Rescue—a group of dedicated volunteers committed to saving lives in the wilderness
- San Gabriel Mountain Trailbuilders—California's elite trail repair group
- West Fork Conservancy—Maintains the West Fork of the San Gabriel River and Beer Creek
- Angeles Volunteer Association—Organizes Visitor Center information, trail repair, and a broad spectrum of forestry efforts
- Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corps—works with the Forest Service, helping with various projects during the year
- San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team—Highly trained mountain rescue team
See also 
- Henninger Flats
- Los Padres National Forest - adjacent northwest
- Los Padres National Forest - adjacent southeast
- "Angeles National Forest". Office of Historical Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
- Lockman, Ronald F., 1981. Guarding the Forests of Southern California: Evolving Attitudes Towad Conservation of Watershed, Woodlands, and Wilderness (Glendale: A. H. Clarke).
- Warbington, Ralph; Beardsley, Debby (2002), 2002 Estimates of Old Growth Forests on the 18 National Forests of the Pacific Southwest Region, United States Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
- "Angeles Passes and Permits". Angeles Permits. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
- Davis, Richard C. (September 29, 2005), National Forests of the United States, The Forest History Society
- Sierra Madre Search & Rescue
- San Gabriel Mountain Trailbuilders
- West Fork Conservancy
- Angeles Volunteer Association
- Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corps
- San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team
Further reading 
- Russ Leadabrand, A Guide o the San Gabriel Mountains of California (L. A.: Ritche Press, 1963).
- John W. Robinson, The San Gabriels: Southern California Mountain Country (San Marino: Goldwest Books, 1977).
- W. W. Robinson, The Forest and the People: The Story of the Angeles National Forest (LA: Title and Trust Insurance co., 1946).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Angeles National Forest|
|Wikivoyage has travel information related to: Angeles National Forest|
- Official Angeles National Forest website - at National Forest Service
- Outdoor LA Hiking Trails - Hiking trails in the area with maps and directions to the trailheads.
- Crystal Lake Recreation Area - Largest campground in the Angeles National Forest
- Southern California Trails at Local Hikes
- Dark Behind It Rose the Forest - Article highlighting crime in the Park
- Hiking Trails around Wrightwood, in the Angeles National Forest - Wrightwood Hiking Trails
- Mountains around Wrightwood, in the Angeles National Forest - San Gabriel Mountains
- Canyons and Valleys around Wrightwood, in the Angeles National Forest - Canyons and Valleys in the Angeles National Forest