Coldbrook Campground is a small 20-site campground on Coldbrook Creek, which feeds into the North Fork of San Gabriel River. From Azusa, it is an 18-mile, roughly half hour drive up Route 39 to the campground in Angeles National Forest in San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. All sites are first-come first-serve year-round for $12 per night and can accommodate up to eight people and two vehicles. Fire rings, charcoal grills, picnic tables, vault toilets, and drinking water are provided. Dogs are allowed on leashes in the campground (and off leash inside tents).
Coldbrook Campground is nestled in a mixed riparian woodland at 3,300 feet. At this elevation, expect cooler nights than the valley below. The charming campground is rarely full, and ample nearby hiking makes this a great get-away weekend destination. The trailhead for the 7-mile round trip hike to the summit of Smith Mountain is just 1/3 of a mile away and the popular Bridge to Nowhere hike is a short drive away.
To get to the campground: From the 210 freeway in Azusa, take exit 40 and drive 18.4 miles north on Route 39 to the campground. You will pass the East Fork Ranger Station at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Continue past San Gabriel Reservoir and go straight through an intersection with East Fork Road (the turnoff you would take to reach the Bridge to Nowhere hike). From the intersection, it is another 6.7 miles to Coldbrook Campground, on the left.
Campground address: San Gabriel Canyon Road, Angeles National Forest, Azusa, CA 91702
Campground coordinates: 34.290304, -117.840604 (34° 17′ 25.09″N 117° 50′ 26.17″W)
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