Description - The Los Angeles River Ranger District is bounded on the south by the cities of Los Angeles (population 3,600,000), Glendale (193,000), La Cresenta, La Canada-Flintridge (20,000), Pasadena (137,000), Sierra Madra (11,000), Arcadia (52,000) and Monrovia (39,000). The Angeles Crest Scenic Byway (State Route 2) leads to the majority of the recreation sites on the District, including the Charlton-Chilao Recreation area, Chilao Visitor Center, Buckhorn Campground, and the Angeles Crest Resorts ski area.
Important astronomical observations and research continue at the famed Mt. Wilson Observatory. The largest concentration of radio and television broadcast towers in the country is also located on Mt. Wilson. These facilities, which serve the nation's second-largest communications market, are operated under the Forest Service special use permits.
- The Los Angeles River Ranger District offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. A good way to become acquainted with the District is to travel the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway, which highlights some of the Forest's most spectacular features. The byway, State Highway 2, runs from La Canada to Wrightwood.
The District offers numerous campgrounds, trails and picnic areas. All campgrounds except the group campgrounds are first-come, first-served.The Angeles National Forest is dependent on nature to supply water; there is no guarantee of water at any site.
Fishing sites on the Los Angeles River Ranger District include Fall Creek Campground, Big Tujunga and the Arroyo Seco Canyon. Fall Creek Campground has native fisheries and access is by hiking the road or trail.
Picnic areas on the District are located on both the Front Country and the High Country. Amenities vary with each; restrooms may be seasonal. Roads may be closed due to storms, landslides or fires.
Recreation - Some of the most popular activities on the Los Angeles River Ranger District include camping, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, scenic driving and viewing scenery.
Forest visitors on the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres National Forests of Southern California are required to purchase an Adventure Pass and display it on their vehicle when parked in the Forest. The cost is $5 per day or $30 per year and can be purchased in any Forest Service office or over 350 businesses throughout Southern California.
Climate - With the huge elevation range, the Angeles experiences tremendous variations in climate. The lower elevations experience relatively warm temperatures year round, with rain much more frequent in the winter months than in the summer months. The high elevations receive enough snow in the winter to support several ski areas. The summers bring warm temperatures to the mountains. Be prepared for sudden weather changes int he mountains; temperatures can vary from 40-60 degreees between night and day at 5,280 feet. Temperatures at the Chilao Visitor Center are between 50-60 degrees F duriing the day and the 20s and 30s at night.
The Angeles National Forest lies mainly in the San Gabriel Mountains, just north of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Los Angeles River Ranger District is located just north of Arcadia, Pasadena, Altadena and San Fernando. Interstate 210 runs along the southern end of the district.