Need to get out of LA? Fresh air can be found camping within a hardy forest of pines and incense cedars at Buckhorn Campground. A small nearby creek provides a popular swimming hole for summer visitors, and away from the light pollution of LA, there are opportunities to eye shooting stars in the night sky. Day-hikers can venture off on nearby trails including Mount Waterman and Cooper Canyon Falls. Buckhorn Campground has plenty to offer.
Buckhorn Campground is located 35 miles up the Angeles Crest Highway from the 210 Freeway. This drive through the San Gabriels will take an hour, and while this campground is not as convenient to reach as those in the front range of the San Gabriels, it is a great venue for an overnight trip with family or friends.
The tent-centric campground has 38 well-spaced first-come first-serve sites. Amenities include potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. At 6,400 feet, Buckhorn Canyon is cool in the summer months and blanketed with snow in the winter. The campground is open between April and October (varies seasonally) at a rate of $12 per night (price as of 2018). For more information, visit the national forest webpage for Buckhorn Campground.
To get to the campground: From the 210 Freeway in La Cañada Flintridge, head northeast on Angeles Crest Highway (CA 2) for 35 miles. Buckhorn Campground is on the left just past the Mount Waterman Ski Area. Buckhorn Campground can also be reached from the north by driving south on Route 2 from the Route 128 for 30 miles.
Campground address: Angeles Crest Highway, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Pearblossom, CA 93553
Campground coordinates: 34.34333, -117.921196 (34° 20′ 35.98″N 117° 55′ 16.30″W)
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|Cooper Canyon Falls|
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