Tag Archive: Angeles National Forest


Rim Of The Valley Corridor Public Meetings Scheduled

Back in 2010, the National Park Service introduced the Rim of the Valley Corridor, a “special resource study” area, to determine whether it made sense to link the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) with the San Gabriel Mountains (“including the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo Valleys”) for inclusion in the National Park System (or as an…

read » April 19, 2015

What’s Next for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?

The auditorium at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center was packed to capacity last night for a presentation and short question-and-answer session titled “San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – What’s Next?” Organized by the Sierra Club, the event aimed to get people up to speed with the new National Monument so far and give a glimpse into some of the plans…

read » March 26, 2015

Obama to Declare the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

After more than a decade of planning, public comments, legislation, meetings, and studies, the LA Times reports President Obama is set to declare the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument this Friday, October 10th. The Times says the announced Monument will be about half the size of the Angeles National Forest’s 655,000 acres – and will exclude portions of western San Bernardino County…

read » October 8, 2014
Santa Anita Canyon looking at the foothills

Obama Asked to Make San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

Talk about moving at the speed of government. Since 2005, people have been working toward making the San Gabriel Mountains a National Recreation Area instead of a National Forest. A National Park Service study from that year through 2009 yielded some inspiring conclusions – as the NPS put forward three proposals for new National Recreation Areas that ranged from nearly…

read » August 19, 2014
fish canyon falls

Hike Fish Canyon Falls

NOTE: Due to the Complex Fire, this trail and trailhead are closed as of June, 2016. Fish Canyon Falls has been a somewhat elusive beast since I moved here. Because the mouth of the canyon is occupied by a Vulcan Materials quarry, access to the canyon’s famed three-tier waterfall has always seemed just a little bit too much trouble. You…

read » July 3, 2014

Is Upper Eaton Canyon About to be Closed?

There has been a bit of a rumor buzz on social media this week concerning a possible near-future closure of the upper reaches of Eaton Canyon, and Modern Hiker has seen a partial email exchange that strongly indicates such a closure may be effective as early as July 1, 2014. The unconfirmed conversation seems to include employees of the National…

read » June 18, 2014

Angeles National Forest Re-opens Almost All Burn Areas

Whoa! FANTASTIC news just arrived in the Modern Hiker inbox – the Angeles National Forest has just announced it will be reopening almost all of the areas currently in the Station Fire Burn Zone effective this Saturday, May 24th! About 46,000 acres of land are now re-opened to hikers, backpackers, and nature lovers of all types. A few areas remain…

read » May 22, 2014
A view from the ruins of the fire lookout on South Mount Hawkins

Hiking South Mount Hawkins

South Mount Hawkins is a prominent peak deep in the San Gabriel Mountains. With commanding views of San Gabriel Canyon to the south, Sheep Mountain Wilderness to Mount Baldy to the east, and past Twin Peaks and the front range to the west, it’s easy to see why this peak had a fire lookout tower on it for so long.…

read » April 24, 2014

Forest Service Fee Update for the Angeles National Forest

BIG NEWS for Southern California Forests – the Adventure Pass may be on its way out … at least, for most of the Forest Areas. In a press release sent out by the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region just a few moments ago, the Forest Service is asking for public comments on proposed changes that would result in more than…

read » December 5, 2013

You Can Hike in the Angeles National Forest During the Shutdown

KCET finally managed to track down some Forest Service officials to ask them about what is actually going on with their federal lands during the shutdown. It was very clear that National Park units were closed down and off-limits, but the rules for National Forests and BLM lands were anything but. Now, some questions are answered … and here’s the…

read » October 2, 2013

Plague Found in the Angeles National Forest

PLAGUE! PLAGUE IN THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST!!!111! Those are the types of headlines you’ll be likely to see over the next few days, now that a plague-infected squirrel has caused several campgrounds in the eastern reaches of the Angeles to shut down. The Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow, and Pima Loops campgrounds near Wrightwood are closed for at least a week…

read » July 25, 2013

No Fees in the Angeles on National Get Outdoors Day

Tomorrow is National Get Outdoors Day – and the Angeles National Forest is celebrating by offering a Fee-Free Day to celebrate. All day on Saturday, June 8th, no Adventure Pass will be required in the Angeles National Forest – and if you want to chip in and give back on this day, you can join up with Operation Super Canyon…

read » June 7, 2013

Fire Season Starts Early

Late last week, officials in the Angeles National Forest raised the Fire Danger from Moderate to High. This in and of itself isn’t much news – the Forest Service usually ups the warning level every year – but the timing is unusual. Forest Service officials say the moisture and fuel levels in the forests of Southern California are now reaching…

read » April 29, 2013

National Park Service Recommends New Recreation Area for L.A.

Since 2005, the Park Service has been studying the San Gabriel Mountains and the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo watersheds to see if they met the criteria for inclusion in the Park Service in one way or another – either as a full fledged National Park or a National Recreation Area. In 2009 they released their findings – the areas…

read » April 11, 2013

Seasonal Re-Openings in the Angeles

As the snow starts to melt in the mountains, several recreation sites and roads are officially re-opened for the season today after being closed for the winter. The following campgrounds and picnic areas are now ready for your outdoor enjoyment: Chilao Campground Manzanita Loop Chilao Picnic Area Charleton Picnic Area Eagles Roost Picnic Area Ridgecrest Picnic Area Vista Picnic Area…

read » March 29, 2013

Bodies Found in the Angeles

I wonder how many other cities’ hiking areas have to deal with things like this. Another body was found in the Angeles National Forest yesterday afternoon. The unidentified woman’s body was found off of East Fork Road near Prairie Fork Road. Los Angeles County Sheriffs haven’t released any other details yet, and are asking anyone with further information to contact…

read » January 25, 2013

Angeles Snow Closures

A winter storm is due to roll into Southern California tonight, and with it comes the region’s first chance at decent accumulation of snow. In anticipation of the event, the Angeles National Forest will be closing Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road from the Angeles Forest Highway to the Angeles Crest Highway starting tonight at 10PM. Snow levels will be between…

read » December 12, 2012

Please Don’t Get Your Christmas Tree From the Angeles National Forest

People – I know it’s the holiday season and you want to get back to your roots and put up a Christmas tree in your apartment – but please, please, please don’t drive into the Angeles National Forest to cut one down. In other parts of the country, population centers are smaller and trees grow more plentifully, so the Forest…

read » December 4, 2012

Please Don't Get Your Christmas Tree From the Angeles National Forest

People – I know it’s the holiday season and you want to get back to your roots and put up a Christmas tree in your apartment – but please, please, please don’t drive into the Angeles National Forest to cut one down. In other parts of the country, population centers are smaller and trees grow more plentifully, so the Forest…

read » December 4, 2012

Saturday is National Public Lands Day

Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, which means many National Parks, Monuments, and Forests will be holding a fee-free day on Saturday, September 29th to help encourage people to get outside and enjoy themselves. The full list of National Parks participating in the Fee-Free day is online at the NPS web site, and our nearby National Forests will be Adventure…

read » September 28, 2012