Angeles National Forest reopens

For the last year and a half, an immense area of the San Gabriel Mountains has been off limits. Now it’s back! Incredible news from the US Forest Service who announced:

Effective May 16, [2011] the Angeles National Forest will reopen about half of the areas that have been closed due to the Station Fire.

Hikers have battled stunning crowds in pockets of the forest that remained open, like Santa Anita Canyon. Now foot traffic can dissipate and spread to the over 100 miles of trail that are back on the table. Switzer Falls, San Gabriel Peak, Mount Waterman, and Cooper Canyon Falls can all be visited again. The open areas are sure to look different, but national forest employees and volunteers have gone to great lengths to jump-start the recovery of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The Forest service released a map depicting the area that is still closed, which includes the trails to Millard Canyon Falls and Trail Canyon Falls. While parts of Angeles National Forest are still off limits, the reopening of so many trails is exciting news for outdoor enthusiasts around Los Angeles.

Update: More areas of the national forest opened in May of 2012, including the trail to Trail Canyon Falls


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Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Los Pinetos Waterfall038Los Pinetos Waterfall
This out and back hike in Placerita Canyon Natural Area follows Canyon Trail to the ruins of Walker Ranch and Waterfall Trail to an elusive falls in a sylvan canyon.
5.33 miles
550 feet
34.377866,
-118.467675
Placerita Canyon Ecology Trall040Ecology Trail
This lollipop loop in Placerita Canyon Natural Area will introduce you to numerous local plants along with views of Placerita Canyon.
0.67 miles
75 feet
34.377866,
-118.467675
Trail Canyon Falls525Trail Canyon Falls
This out and back hike visits a 40-foot beauty on the east side of the San Gabriel Mountains.
4 miles
700 feet
34.312575,
-118.253946
Switzer Falls535Switzer Falls
This out and back hike starts out above and finishes below a 50-foot tall waterfall.
4.5 miles
650 feet
34.259387,
-118.155069
Millard Falls540Millard Falls
CLOSED. This out and back hike visits a 50-foot waterfall up one of the most scenic canyons in the range.
1 mile
150 feet
34.219936,
-118.140135
Dawn Mine545Dawn Mine
CLOSED. This out and back hike leads past Millard Falls to an old gold mine.
6 miles
1,300 feet
34.219936,
-118.140135
San Gabriel Mountain550San Gabriel Peak from Mount Disappointment Road
This out and back hike reaches a peak with great views of the San Gabriels, and you can summit nearby Mount Disappointment for an extra half mile.
4 - 4.5 miles
1,400 feet
34.254549,
-118.1021
San Gabriel Peak hike553San Gabriel Peak from Mount Lowe Road
This out and back hike reaches a peak with great views of the San Gabriels, and you can summit nearby Mount Disappointment for an extra half mile.
3.2 - 3.7 miles
1,000 feet
34.239364,
-118.093303
Inspiration Point Mount Lowe Road hike557Inspiration Point & Mount Lowe Trail Camp
This out and back hike descends Mount Lowe Road into the San Gabriel Mountains to a historic scenic overlook and a trail camp built on interesting ruins.
7.25 miles
900 feet
34.239364,
-118.093303
Echo Mountain570Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail
This out and back hike visits a historic railway and ruins from a century old resort overlooking Pasadena.
5.8 miles
1,400 feet
34.203811,
-118.130507
Rubio Canyon575Rubio Canyon Trail
This out and back hike ventures into a rustic canyon to a double waterfall.
1.3 miles
350 feet
34.203038,
-118.122354
Henninger Flats hike577Henninger Flats via Mount Wilson Toll Road
This out and back hike ascends to a pine-covered landing with a trail camp, tree nursery, lookout tower, and visitor center operated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
6 - 8.7 miles
1,325 - 1,700 feet
34.191714,
-118.105506
Eaton Falls580Eaton Canyon Falls
This out and back hike up Eaton Wash reaches a narrow stretch of Eaton Canyon containing a pleasant 40-foot waterfall.
3.5 miles
375 feet
34.177202,
-118.096485
Vetter Mountain hike585Vetter Mountain
This out and back hike ascends from Charlton Flats Picnic Area to Vetter Mountain, where there are exceptional 360-degree view from the site of an old fire lookout tower.
3.8 - 4.4 miles
525 - 650 feet
34.296502,
-118.006956
Mount Hillyer588Mount Hillyer
This 6,215-foot summit can be reach from two trailheads, including the nearest starting point at Horse Flats Campground.
3 - 6.25 miles
575 - 1,000 feet
34.330998,
-118.011882
Upper Winter Creek Trail590Upper Winter Creek Trail
This 2.75-mile long trail can be used to extend Santa Anita Canyon Loop or create a loop with Lower Winter Creek Trail.
4.85 miles
1,000 feet
34.196194,
-118.02265
Hoegees Camp595Hoegees Camp
This out and back hike follows Lower Winter Creek Trail through a beautiful wooded canyon to a backcountry campground with fourteen first-come first-serve sites.
4.25 miles
700 feet

34.195515,
-118.022503
Sturtevant Falls600Sturtevant Falls
This out and back hike visits a 60-foot waterfall in a lush cottage-lined canyon.
3.25 miles
300 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Spruce Grive Camp605Spruce Grove Camp
This out and back hike follows the canyon above Sturtevant Falls to a backcountry campground with seven first-come first-serve sites.
8 miles
1,300 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Santa Anita Canyon610Santa Anita Canyon Loop
This loop visits two peaceful creeks in sylvan canyons, passing a 60-foot waterfall and plenty of beautiful wilderness.
9.5 miles
1,800 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Hermit Falls615Hermit Falls
This out and back hike heads down Santa Anita Canyon's babbling creek away from Sturtevant Falls toward a 30-foot waterfall.
2.6 miles
600 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Monrovia Falls hike630Monrovia Falls
This out and back hike in Monrovia Canyon Park follows an enchanting canyon up to the base of the 30-foot waterfall.
1.6 - 3 miles
400 - 675 feet
34.176584,
-117.989521
Winston Ridge635Winston Ridge and Winston Peak
This partial loop bags a summit and a scenic ridge in the high San Gabriel Mountains.
4.85 miles
875 feet
34.35132,
-117.934352
Mount Waterman645Mount Waterman
This out and back hike takes a gradual ascent through a pine forest to reach the round summit.
5.5 miles
1,300 feet
34.350328,
-117.925213
Cooper Canyon Falls650Cooper Canyon Falls
This out and back hike leaves from Buckhorn Campground and visits a short waterfall in an enchanting glen of tall pines.
3 miles
700 feet
34.347547,
-117.910875
Fish Canyon Falls660Fish Canyon Falls
This out and back hike starts at a rock quarry with restricted access and ends up at a multi-tiered 80-foot waterfall.
4 miles
400 feet
34.156722,
-117.92507
Azusa Peak670Azusa Peak (and Glendora Peak) via Garcia Trail
This 2 2/3-mile or 4 2/3-mile hike ascends Garcia Trail to "the A" and one or two picturesque summits along Glendora Ridge Motorway.
4.66
1,800 feet
34.146861,
-117.890387
Crystal Lake680Crystal Lake
This short paved hike visits the only naturally occurring lake in the San Gabriel Mountains.
1.33 miles
150 feet
34.32087,
-117.842642
Smith Mountain685Smith Mountain
This out and back hike follows a gradual trail to a steep scramble to a 5,111 foot summit with panoramic views over the San Gabriel Mountains.
7 miles
1,800 feet
34.287381,
-117.842672
Bridge to Nowhere695Bridge to Nowhere
This adventurous out and back hike requires several river crossings to reach an out-of-place bridge with a unique history.
10 miles
900 feet
34.23696,
-117.765119
Heaton Flats700Heaton Flats Trail
This hike starts from the same trailhead as the Bridge to Nowhere and climbs toward Iron Mountain and panoramic views.
3.6 - 6 miles
1,000 - 2,000 feet
34.23696,
-117.765119
Baden-Powell710Mount Baden-Powell
This out and back hike climbs one of the tallest summits in the San Gabriel Mountains and a monument to Lord Baden-Powell, a BSA icon and the founder of the Scout Movement.
8.25 miles
2,834 feet
34.372947,
-117.752282
San Antonio Falls725San Antonio Falls
This out and back hike on a paved road visits a multi-tier waterfall below Mount Baldy.
1.4 miles
300 feet
34.266172,
-117.62684
Baldy Bowl730Baldy Bowl - Ski Hut
This out and back hike offers a steep but scenic ascent up the south side of Mt. Baldy.
9 miles
3,900 feet
34.266172,
-117.62684
Devils Backbone Trail735Devil’s Backbone
This ridge-top trail between Baldy Notch and the summit of Mount Baldy is probably LA's greatest ridge hike, with incredible views over the San Gabriel Mountains and the Mojave Desert.
6.6 - 13.6 miles
2,350 feet
34.266172,
-117.62684
Mount Baldy740Mount Baldy Loop
This loop incorporates Devil’s Backbone and Baldy Bowl - Ski Hit Trail to reach the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountains.
11.3 miles
3,900 feet
34.266172,
-117.62684
Icehouse Canyon750Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle
This out and back hike travels through a picturesque canyon to a saddle with panoramic views and extended hiking opportunities.
7.2 miles
2,600 feet
34.25018,
-117.635997

2 Comments on Angeles National Forest reopens half of area closed by Station Fire

  1. Robert Brown says:

    Your information is wrong.
    According to the correct closure map dated May 24, 2012, Trail Canyon is OPEN.

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices

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