Angeles National ForestAngeles National Forest is a national forest in Southern California.
Flora and fauna
ClimateThe Angeles National Forest is in Southern California, and the weather acts accordingly. For much of the year the forest has warnings posted regarding fires. Even at some of the higher elevations it can stay a bit warm. During the winter, however, it can get cold. From the months of December through March there is often snow on the ground to be enjoyed by those up for some skiing, innertubing, or general snowplay.
- On the Eastern side
Heading West on the 210 Freeway
Exit Campus Ave., in Upland. Make a right at the light and a left at the stop sign shortly ahead. This road will take you passed the rock quarry and curve up to being northbound. A right at the first stop will lead you to Euclid Ave. Make a right and head North on Euclid to the firestation. Follow directions for "From I-10" from this point.
- Heading East on the 210 Freeway
- From I-10
By footThe Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a well known trail that extends along the West coast of the United States, from Mexico to Canada. It passes through California, Oregon, and Washington State.
Fees and permits
Generally, most areas of the Angeles National Forest will require parked vehicles to show either a $5 day pass, or an Adventure Pass ($30; valid for one year). The latter, which is also valid at three other National Forests in Southern California, can be purchased at local sporting goods stores. The ANF website provides a list of local vendors.
A good portion of the forest can be seen without having to get out of your car. Mount Baldy road can take you to the parking lot of the ski lift at Mt Baldy. From Mount Baldy Village it is possible to take Glendora Ridge Road. This road can take you out in Glendora, or continue on all the way to the top of highway 39. Make sure you have enough gas, there are no stops along the way. And check beforehand on road conditions as this route is frequently closed during the winter due to snow and during the summer due to fire hazards.
If you're of the more athletic sort, the climb up Mount Baldy Road has been used by many. There is normally plenty of space for bicyclists with only a coupld tunnels to worry about sharing some tight space with passing cars. Staying on the lower roads from Euclid to Padua can also provide a nice little loop with some good elevation changes.
Much of the forest can be enjoyed on foot. Many paths are well-marked and make for some pleasant hiking. The ski lift at Mount Baldy runs throughout much of skiing's off-season in order to help some with the climb to the hiking trails found a little higher up.
Suggested day hikes
Manker Flats LoopAn 11.25 miles round trip that gains 4300 feet of elevation. Plan for seven hours to complete this strenuous hike. The trail is in good condition with some difficult spots.
- Follow the track after the first switch back when you are over the trailhead. A single-track path veers up to the left. Follow this one. The light-green ski hut is approximately at 8200 feet. Please take a break there! After that it is a fairly rapid climb to the 10064 feet of Mount Baldy (San Antonio) summit. There are hazardous drops along the trail, although it doesn't get much worse than the Devil's Backbone section, which you will see immediately. Not recommended with young children or during precipitation (which is unusual during most of the year anyway).
- Descend eastwards along the Devil's Backbone ridge and watch out especially in snowy/icy/rainy conditions, as the path has partially been covered by landslides in some spots. Back at the Baldy Notch Skihut at 7800 feet, take the ski lift down for $15 or if you haven't had enough walking for one day descend by the dirt track back to Manker Flats (approximately 1 hour).
Icehouse CanyonThere are many well-marked trails accessible from Icehouse Canyon. The trailhead is easy to find. Heading up from Calremont/Upland take the road until it ends. Instead of making a right to continue up to Mount Baldy, simply follow the road the short distance to the parking lot. The old Icehouse is at the top of the parking lot and the trailhead is to the right.
Icehouse SaddleThe first destination many follow is to simply hike to the saddle. From the saddle you can see the valleys on the north side of the range and on the south. There is a large open area for picnicking or just relaxing. From here there are trails heading in three directions that will take a little more time and will reach the summits of some of the more well-known peaks in this area. The hike to the saddle is easy enough to follow. Trail markers point the way to the old route or the newer trail. The hike more-or-less follows the river (or creek, rather, depending on time of year and rainfall) up to the saddle. It is a well-traveled and well-maintained path with many places to stop along the way and enjoy the surroundings.
The Three T'sUpon approaching Icehouse Saddle there is a sign to your left that marks the trail to the Three T's. The three T's are Timber, Telegraph, and Thunder Mountains. The trail will take you near to the peaks of these three mountains and will eventually drop you off near the notch where the trail continues on to Mount Baldy or down the ski slope. This trail is more strenuous and takes a fair amount of time. It should also be kept in mind that the trail ends at the notch. If you're hiking in a group it may be a good idea to have cars parked at both the icehouse and the ski area park lots.
Cucamonga PeakThis trail is about 13 miles roundtrip and can be quite strenuous, but worth the work. From the saddle the trail is marked ahead to your right. The trail runs behind the mountain for much of the climb and makes several switchbacks. It eventually wraps back around to the southern side and climbs the last bit to the summit, where a breath-taking view is available of the Inland Empire. There was once a sign-in post at the peak. All that is left is the bottom stump of the post. Take note of where you've hiked from as this is the meeting place for multiple trails from both sides of the mountain. Head back down the way you've come or hike on over and meet up with the trails from Lytle Creek. If you do the latter make sure you've got some time and a car to take you back to where you came from. Also make sure you've brought your camera. It's definitely a shot you'll want to remember.
Ontario PeakFrom Icehouse Saddle this trail begins from your hard right. The sign is sometimes hard to see due to trees. This trail is also one of the least maintained summit paths from the saddle. This can be good if you're looking for some solitude but thusly more dangerous if you're less experienced with hiking or even with this area in general. There are a few trail markers along the way, but if you're hiking in the off-season these can be hidden by snow and neglect. Follow the trail on up and you'll be granted a view of all the other summits in the area as well as a shot of the valley, smog allowing.
phone: +1 909-982-4246address: 801 San Antonio Creek RdFamily owned and ready to give the kids a nice little fishing experience. You only have to pay for the fish you catch. But be ready to hand over some cash- the fish are always biting.
Hansens Honeyphone: +1 909-985-2148address: 1 Ice House Canyon RdBuy some honey on your way up to Ice House canyon. Parking permits can also be purchased here.
The Hidden Springs Cafeaddress: Angeles Forest HighwayIt offers very good, inexpensive food and beer (beer must be consumed on the outside patio). It sees a lot of older and retired people who drive Harley Davidson vehicles.
Newcomb's RanchA bit pricier, offering prime rib and various holiday specials, such as on Mother's Day. Both see heavy use by motorcycle enthusiasts. Newcomb's Ranch sees much use by a younger crowd driving high performance Japanese motorcycles.
Mount Baldy LodgeA small restaurant in the middle of Baldy Village. Friendly staff with good food. There's a small dance floor that is also occasionally used for live performances.