Buckhorn Campground in the Angeles National Forest

Buckhorn Campground in the Angeles National Forest

Buckhorn Canyon as seen from the Mt. Waterman Trail

Need to get out of LA? Fresh air can be found camping within a hardy forest of pines and cedars. This wooded canyon is ripe for exploration and a small creek provides a popular spot for summer visitors. Away from the campfire and far from the light pollution of LA, there are opportunities to eye shooting stars in the summer night sky. Dayhikers can venture off on nearby trails including Mt. Waterman and Cooper Canyon Falls.

Buckhorn Campground is located 35 miles up the Angeles Crest Highway from the 210 Freeway. This drive through the San Gabriels will take an hour, and while this campground is not as convenient to reach as those in the front range of the San Gabriels, it is a great venue for an overnight trip with family or friends.

The tentcentric campground has 38 wellspaced firstcome firstserve sites. Amenities include potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, and vaulted toilets. At 6,400 feet, Buckhorn Canyon is cool in the summer months, but will be blanketed with snow in the winter. The campground is open between April and October at a rate of $12 per night. For more information, visit this forest service campsite website.