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Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest
Discover the wilder side of Los Angeles, just minutes from the city in the San Gabriel Mountains

Barely 30 minutes from the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, and just north of Pasadena, the urban jungle gives way to the forests, rugged slopes, and rocky canyons of Angeles National Forest. Encompassing the San Gabriel Mountains with terrain that ranges from the high desert to the lofty summit of 3068-metre Mount Baldy, Angeles National Forest is L.A.’s wilderness next door—a haven for hikers, mountain bikers, and campers.

On clear winter days when the peaks of the San Gabriels are dusted with snow, the mountains of Angeles National Forest look close enough to touch. And from parks in the foothill communities of Altadena, Monrovia, and Sierra Madre, you can hike trails that quickly lead into the San Gabriel front country.

Follow a section of the 45-kilometre Gabrielino National Recreation Trail along the sycamore-shaded Arroyo Seco for an easy day hike to Gould Mesa Campground, or for more challenging treks deeper into the mountains. The eastern trailhead for the Gabrielino Trail is at Chantry Flat and leads up Big Santa Anita Canyon to impressive Sturtevant Falls, one of several waterfalls in the front range.

Farther east, drive into the mountains from Claremont and into the Inland Empire to reach Mt. Baldy Resort for snow play and skiing in winter, as well as outstanding hiking in warmer months. Ride the ski lift 15 minutes to the Top of the Notch, then follow the narrow Devil’s Backbone Trail to the summit of Mount Baldy on a 10-km round-trip hike that includes 716m feet of climbing.

A nearly 140,000 hectare section of Angeles National Forest is also part of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, which was established in 2014. Starting at La Cañada Flintridge head out along the serpentine, 100km Angeles Crest Highway and into the monument’s high country. On weekends from April through November, take a docent-led tour of the historic Mount Wilson Observatory to learn about one of the most important landmarks in the world of astronomy.

About 80km from La Cañada Flintridge, challenge yourself on the 12km round-trip hike through shaded forests on the way to the top of 2864m Mount Baden-Powell. The roughly 880m climb to the bare summit is worth it for 360-degree panoramas that take in the Mojave Desert. After the hike, refuel with a stack of pancakes or an Ortega cheeseburger at the Grizzly Café in Wrightwood.  

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See a movie star. Sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar at sunset. Slip on a pair of designer shoes in an ultra-luxurious boutique in Beverly Hills. Play at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, explore world-class museums, or dance the night away in a starlet-filled club. Welcome to California’s liveliest city, America’s entertainment capital, with mega-star wattage and nonstop things to do.

“You know, you’re really a nobody in L.A. unless you have a really big door.”  --comedian Steve Martin

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