Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service can be found in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, southern California, United States. It was established on July 1st of 1908, incorporating the first San Bernardino National Forest and portions of the former Santa Barbara and San Gabriel National Forests. It covers 655,387 acres and is located just north of the metropolitan area of Los Angeles.

A small portion extends eastward into southwestern San Bernardino County, in the Mount San Antonio region. A tiny portion also extends westward into northeastern Ventura County, in the Lake Piru area. The forest headquarters are in Arcadia, California.

This forest manages the flora, habitats, fauna ecosystems, and watersheds. Some of the rivers with watersheds in it provide valuable non-groundwater recharge water for Southern California. The existing protected and restored native vegetation absorb and slow the surface runoff of rainwater to minimize severe floods and landslides in adjacent communities. The land in the Forest is diverse, both in appearance and the terrain. The elevations range from 1,200 to 10,064 feet. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses this forest.

Much of this forest is covered with dense chaparral shrub forests with oak woodlands, which changes to pine and fir-covered slopes in the higher elevations.

A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking at many locations within this forest and other National Forests in Southern California, and this can be obtained online or from visitor centers and local merchants. Los Angeles County has declared that passes aren’t required on county-maintained roads. There are also many other areas that do not require this pass.

The San Gabriel Forest Reserve was established on December 20th of 1892, the San Bernardino Forest-Reserve on February 25th of 1893 and the Santa Barbara Forest Reserve on December 22nd of 1903. They became national forests on March 4th of 1907 and were combined on July 1st of 1908 with all of the San Bernardino forest and parts of the San Gabriel Forest and Santa Barbara forest composing the new Angeles National Forest. On September 30th of 1925 parts of the Angeles National Forest and the Cleveland National Forest were detached to re-establish the San Bernardino National Forest.

The campgrounds at Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow, and Pima Loops were closed down on July 26th, 2013 after a squirrel infected with bubonic plague was discovered.

Image Caption: The San Gabriel Mountains, part of the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County, California. Credit: IngerAlHaosului/Wikipedia (CC BY 1.0)