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Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains

04.20.18

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Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains

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  • Jarvi Memorial Scenic Viewpoint off of Angeles Crest Highway- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • One of three group campsites at Meadow Group Campground.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • Angeles Crest Highway.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • View from Mount Wilson Skyline Park.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • Typical campsite at Coldbrook Campground.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • Panoramic view of Los Angeles from Mount Wilson Skyline Park.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • View along the Sunset Ridge Trail.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • View of the Santa Ana Range from the Sunset Ridge Trail.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • Typical campsite at Buckhorn Campground.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • Views of the eastern San Gabriel Mountains from the Cedar Glen Camp.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • View of San Gabriel Canyon from Deer Flat Group Campground.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • Typical campsite at Little Pines Campground.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
  • Typical site at Manker Flats Campground.- Where to Camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains
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For Southern Californians seeking an overnight getaway in the wild, the Mediterranean climate, majestic vistas and swimming holes found in the San Gabriel Mountains are an outdoor sanctuary that is ideal for weekend escapes and multi-day excursions. This region, also known as the Angeles National Forest, offers scenic wilderness areas, developed campgrounds, and top-notch trails for cycling, hiking and horseback riding. Our team of contributors have trekked and documented hundreds of miles throughout these mountain ranges and want to share their insights to help fuel your next adventure.

Angeles Crest Highway winds its way through 66 miles of the Angeles National Forest. It’s well paved and usually only exposed to light traffic, making it a noteworthy ride for cyclists looking to climb. Along the way you’ll find peaceful day use picnic areas and campsites nestled among the rugged landscape. For more adventure, countless trailheads for backpacking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking sprout from the highway.

For a complete list of Outdoor Project's San Gabriel campgrounds along with those in the San Bernardinos, have a look at our filtered search results. To get you started, we've listed a few of our favorites below and in the Featured Adventure section. And don't forget to let us know about your experience by leaving a comment below or on the campground's page!

Campgrounds (west to east on Angeles Crest Highway)

Campgrounds (north to south on San Gabriel Canyon Road)

Campgrounds (northwest to southeast on Big Pines Highway)

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