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California: Angeles National Forest
Posted on Thursday, February 08 @ 00:00:00 MST by iljiana

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails

Angeles National Forest
701 North Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006

(626) 574-1613

The Angeles National Forest offers 557 miles of hiking and equestrian trails which include 73 miles of National Recreation Trails and 176 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). These trails offer ample choices for all, from beginners to experienced outdoor enthusiasts.

All trails, except the PCT and those in Wilderness Areas, are open to mountain bikes. Be careful and alert! Mountain bikes must yield the right-of-way to hikers and horses.

Before beginning any hike!
  • Take into account your time available.
  • Have a good knowledge of the area (maps help!).
  • Check out the weather for the area you will be hiking in and dress appropriately. Take extra clothing and the necessary equipment (don?t forget water). The time of year will help determine your needs for your trip.
  • Consider what the terrain is like where you're going.
  • Check with a local Forest Service office for information concerning trail conditions and fire restrictions.
  • Please leave the Forest clean - dispose of your trash in trash receptacles or bring it back with you.
  • Keep the wildlife "wild". Please never feed the wildlife, and watch and enjoy from a distance!
  • Let family or friends know where you are going and when you expect to return.
Suggested Equipment Checklist:
  • Small shovel or trowel for sanitation.
  • Whistle (3 blasts is a distress signal). Please use the whistle only in an emergency!
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Snakebite kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Dark glasses and sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof matches
These trails are only a few of the many, varied hiking, cycling and equestrian experiences you can enjoy on the Angeles National Forest. Click on the title for more information. Many excellent trail books (such as John W. Robinson's "Trails of the Angeles") are also available and may be purchased at Angeles National Forest Visitor Centers and other Forest outlets (call for a location near you) as well as local bookstores.
Name Distance
(Round Trip) Elevation
Gain Difficulty
Charlton Flat to Vetter Mountain 3 miles 400 feet Easy
Charlton Flat to Mt. Mooney and Devil's Peak 1 1/2 miles 250 feet Easy
Islip Saddle to Little Jimmy and Mt. Islip 6.1 miles 1,250 feet Easy to Moderate
Buckhorn to Cooper Canyon and Littlerock Creek 4 1/2 miles 900 feet Moderate
Chialo to Mt. Hillyer via Horse Flats 6 miles 1,000 feet Moderate
Eagles Roost to Littlerock Creek 7 miles 1,100 feet Moderate
Buckhorn to Mt. Waterman 7 miles 1,300 feet Moderate
Vincent Gap to Prairie Fork 8.8 miles 2,000 feet Moderate
Kenyon Devore Trail to Mt. Wilson 9 miles 2,600 feet Moderate
Islip Saddle to Mt. Williamson 5 miles 1,600 feet Moderate
Dawson Saddle to Throop Peak 4 miles 1,200 feet Moderate
Prairie Fork to Upper Fish Fork 8 miles 1,000 feet Moderate
Crystal Lake to Mt. Islip 7 1/4 miles 2,200 feet Moderate
Crystal Lake to Mt. Hawkins 10 miles 2,800 feet Moderate
Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle 7 1/4 miles 2,600 feet Moderate
Baldy Notch to Mt. San Antonio 6 1/2 miles 3,500 feet Moderate
Chilao to Devil's Canyon 7 miles 1,500 feet Moderate to Strenuous
Vincent Gap to Mt. Baden-Powell (elevation 9,399') 8 miles 2,800 feet Moderate to Strenuous
Three Points to Twin Peaks Saddle, Mt. Waterman and Buckhorn 11.8 miles 3,700 feet Strenuous
Blue Ridge to Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) 10 miles 3,000 feet Very Strenuous

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