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The Angeles National Forest (ANF) is located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, and mostly housed within Los Angeles County in Southern California. The forest offers developed campgrounds, waterfall hikes, picnic areas, and ample opportunities for backpacking, swimming, fishing, skiing and hiking in the solitude of an expansive wilderness area. Trails are shared amongst hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. An Adventure Pass is needed to access many parts of this recreation area including parking at many hiking trail's trailheads.

Busy trail for weekend warriors looking for a nice climb. Parking lot gets full by 7am so you will see cars parked on the road on the way up. Trail is easy to follow and the falls are underwhelming thanks to the dry So Cal summer.

Easy trail to follow along. Make sure head down(left) when you get to the fork. I personally found it on the easier die but the sun is draining on a hot summer day. Not many people on the trail when I went but the heat help keep people home. Snuck up on a deer grazing on some plants on the trail. Not a lot of water in September so don't expect much when you get to the falls.

12 hours ago

I hiked out to Barley Flats and back from the Angeles Crest Highway. The majority of the hike is on a old, private paved road, while the last section follows an unmaintained trail to the water tower (make sure to wear pants). It's not the most exciting hike, but the views are great. There's also no shade, so bring a hat. I only saw one person on the entire hike, aside from a helicopter, which landed at the base at Barley Flats.

15 hours ago

Short and not as bad as they say. In the early morning you will start in the shade of Mt Lawlor, but after mile 2 it is fully exposed and hot. Lots of prickly Yucca, so were long pants. The views are generous, but you never really get away from the roaring motor cycles on the Hwy - minus one star for that.

Awesome loop hike. Bugs were really bad. I had to hike with a head net from strutevant camp to the summit. My GPS had me at 15.7 miles.

*butt kicker
*super windy, hence the name

off road driving
1 day ago

Nice Sunday drive with plenty of great photo opportunities.

Just hiked this today. Started a little late and didn't have enough time to get to the end, but really enjoyed the hike. My friend and I started from the end...It's at Vogel Flats on Big Tujunga Rd. I don't really see how this is any different than many hikes in Angeles NF as far as trail conditions. It is a single track trail, but I had absolutely zero problems following the trail. It is slightly "overgrown", but very much passable with no problems. There are sandy areas where the trail has slightly slid downhill, but I never felt like it was dangerous. The few trees I saw that were down were easily passed by. I'm 5' and it was not an issue getting over them. It was shady and beautiful. I hiked up about 3 miles from the bottom and had no issues. It does suck at the bottom near all the river crossings how disrespectful the people are with their trash and bathroom trash. I'm so looking forward to completing the hike from bottom to top. I wouldn't let any of the reviews prevent you from doing this hike. I would suggest doing it from the bottom up instead of upside down. If you're an experienced hiker these are non-issues. =)

I do this hike on a regular basis, and have heard that it’s being used as a paintball battlefield! This has happened in just the last week or two since I was down last. I am learning a lot of new stuff as a 5 year veteran of the Volenteers of the Angeles National forest. But this hurts. It just hurts. I’m from the San Bernardino National forest originally, and have seen the abuses there too. Why? What do you get out of it? I have friends on the other side that used to have a great paintball field. But I guess the abuses drove them out of the business. I just don’t get some people ... rant over.
Oh, and watch out for bears

A good trail, nice and easy. Just wish there was water at the bottom.

We do it the other way, we’re old. And we use a shuttle car down at Apple tree.
And we go from grassy...

Blue ridge is a favorite of mine. We did it in the moonlight last month, good times!

Kicked my butt! Ole sir Baden-Powell, yesterday was the last time i will see the summit, my 3rd time up, and now to find my bucket list...

1 day ago

My son and I decided to do this hike. we are amateur hikers, but decided to give it a go. we started at the Crystal Lake CG around 900. First mile or so of the trail is nice and shady. incline isnt too bad at the start. 2nd half of the trail is a bit steeper and mostly in the sun. Trail was in great shape. one or two spots were covered in rocks from a prior slide, but still manageable. We stopped to get a breath and enjoy the views pretty often. Windy Gap definitely lives up to its name, as it was Windy. We went through about 1.5L of water each, so we stopped at the springs and used our Little Sawyers to refill. From there we went up to Islip .8 miles at the gap to enjoy lunch with a view. After enjoying the view we headed down to the trail camp and back to the springs to top off before the decent. The decent wasn't bad, easier then going up. Got back to our car around 430. My phone said the hike was around 8.6 miles round trip and almost 2,800 feet in elevation gain. it was fun and I will do this one again, as the views are awesome.

Great hike

I hiked this trail and I have to say the climb to the trail at the top was very steep indeed. Certainly no fun to come back down. The trail at the top is really nice though. Great views.

lush, densely covered, walk along stream to the gold mine. however, it is very buggy. bring spray or a net to cover your face.

going back up to the ridge the bugs go away and reveal nice city and natural views.

in terms of foot traffic, I ran into small groups every 30 minutes or so.

will go again.

Okay. AllTrails could use a "this campground costs money" marker, somehow. I mean, I could of looked up but myself before, but didn't even think about it. And if you want a good back country camp experience, stay away from Buckhorn camp. We should of set up shop at Cooper Canyon Camp, went to the falls & came back for the evening. My video on YouTube is on my channel, Outdoor Corn.

Started off at the trailhead, went into the canyon & made it to the falls. For those who had trouble, so did we, but it's a matter of following the stream/creek bed to the junction of Buckhorn Camp & the PCT - just past the 2.7 mile mark on this map, moving on the PCT route. Very quickly you will find a couple precarious looking paths to the left & if you head down, you'll find the ropes that lead you into the pool. We had it to ourselves & it was very enjoyable! Some tiny fish. A little moss. Some drip-drops from the falls...very nice. After that, we made our way to Buckhorn Camp...which, is the campground I wanted to visit, but when we got there, found it to be a "car camping" place. Ended up walking back to our car because we didn't bring cash (all spots were full anyway).

Overall good experience, great trail, but not having a place to camp was disappointing, since that was the main reason for our trip.

Once you find the trail it’s nothing but awesomeness. Views, wildlife, limited foot traffic, and shade. Once you pass bear flats be prepared for an epic hike to baldy summit

2 days ago

Very scenic and enjoyable hike. Lots of bugs though, bring some repellent. Parts of the trail were very overgrown and I could swear I heard growling at one point (!). But I definitely recommend this hike. Lots of shade and different terrain, and seeing the mine at the end was exciting, even if it is closed.

Came here at least 3 times a week over the summer with my dog. Easy trail but I love it! Once you get to the picnic area, it’s sometimes fun to go down below the bridge and walk through/along the edge of the creek until the end. Makes it slightly harder and gives a different perspective, your shoes will get wet though so come prepared.

This is a tough, rewarding hike. The three miles or so after Bear Flats are on a relatively steep grade and it is strenuous. It’s doable and safe, but you just have to pace yourself and take your time. Doing this hike near dawn would be preferable as the temperatures can climb in the afternoon. Also, I would recommend bringing poles for the descent—they’ll make your life a lot easier and slightly less painful. I hardly ever use poles, but I was glad I had them for the way down on this trail.

This trail is a lot less crowded than the Devil’s Backbone route, which is a plus. It seems a lot of people do it as a training hike for Whitney and Cactus to the Clouds. If you want to challenge yourself, I highly recommend it.

Great hike, great scenery. Perfect if your hust starting

About 7.3 miles round trip. There are two forks in the road, just keep climbing up..or remember, left and left. All in all a nice hike for beginners. Trekking poles not needed.

A very beautiful area to wander around in. The trail is well marked and easy to navigate. The grade was manageable even while recovering from a knee injury. I will definitely be coming back to this one.


Easy hike, up and down, asphalt, lots of shade

Great hike. A bit steep the last 1/4 mile to the peak but well worth the effort.

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/fmPD8Ikc0UM

You just gotta love this hike. The campsite is easy to get to, and the hiking options from the campsite are plentiful.
I started in the morning to avoid heat this time of year, but I’ve hit up this trail before midday and it provides a good amount of shade once you make it down to the canyon. The trail starts by the last few houses on the right hand side as you are driving north on Angeles Crest Highway, as you leave La Canada. There’s a turnout usually with a few cars, so it’s relatively obvious where to park. Follow the paved road past the gate and keep following the paved road past the Socal Edison Power Plant. It will quickly turn into a dirt fire road that switchbacks down to the camp. On your way down the switchbacks, there is a cool little “junkyard” of structural materials and what look to be fire road maintenance tools, (I could be wrong). Shortly thereafter, you’ll find yourself at Gould Mesa Camp, which has a good amount of room for campers. I saw someone on a couple trips back and forth using a rolling dolly to bring camping gear down. There were some campers with tents set up and a few runners making the turn back down the other entrance to the campground towards JPL. A serene creek runs through the campsite adding to the peacefulness of the area. I decided to hang there for awhile, but then wanted to explore a bit further, so I followed the sign to the Paul Little Picnic area. Along the way, I encountered some deer, mountain bikers, and a couple other hikers. It’s about a mile from the campground to the picnic area, and you pass the Nino Picnic Area on the way there. It’s interesting to get this perspective of the canyon beneath Angeles Crest Hwy as I’ve driven past there up top many of times. I spent little bit of time on a picnic bench, took some video, and then headed back to the Gould Mesa Camp. The last part of the hike was the hardest; the climb out of Gould Mesa Camp, but it’s not so bad. The fact that it was noon by the time I was climbing back up made it a bit harder, but most hikers should have no problem with this incline.

All in all a wonderful hike and a great way to spend a morning!

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://sptfy.com/1zKm

Awesome little hike to the cabin. Worth taking a d tour for this one.

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