Chilao Campground

Angeles National Forest

San Gabriel Mountains

Angeles National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors Chilao Campground in the Angeles National Forest find a wide variety of destinations to explore in the San Gabriel Mountains

  • Enjoy hiking in the sub-alpine setting of the Cucamonga Wilderness, perhaps glimpsing some Nelson bighorn sheep.
  • Hike the Burckhardt and Pacific Crest trails through the Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness.
  • Hike the 10-mile Mt. Waterman Trail from Three Points to Buckhorn.
  • Set off backpacking in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness.
  • Go mountain biking on the San Gabriel Peak Trail or the West Fork National Recreation Trail.
  • Cast your fishing line into Crystal Lake or Little Rock Reservoir.
  • Try horseback riding on the Natures Canteen Trail or the Echo Mountain Trail.
  • Drop in to the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center on a weekend.
  • Enjoy the exhibits at the Chilao Visitor Center on Highway 2.

Key Chilao Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only permitted in fire rings.
  2. Quiet Hours run from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. A National Forest Adventure Pass is needed for vehicles parked in non-fee campgrounds on the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests.

Chilao Campground

Chilao Campground is located off Highway 2 (the Angeles Crest Highway) near Three Points in the Angeles National Forest. The area is popular for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. A number of trails in the area offer great opportunities for exploring the San Gabriel Mountains. The popular Chilao Visitor Center is 1½ miles away (less than a mile by trail).

Chilao Campground offers 83 first come, first served campsites in a sparsely forested area. Much of the nearby forest was burned in the 2009 Station Fire. The campsites are arranged in two loops - Manzanita and Little Pines. Views are nice from the campground, but the site can become windy in the afternoons. The campground can fill up on weekends, but mid-week there is usually plenty of space. The vault toilets consistently receive poor reviews for cleanliness. There is also a Group Site that will accommodate from 20 to 50 people.

Campground Basics
Chilao Campground Location: Chilao Rd., off Highway 2, 26 miles northeast of La Canada
Elevation: 5,300 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Los Angeles - 40 miles
Number of Campsites: 83
Open - Closed: April - mid-November
Dates vary based on weather
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Los Angeles River Ranger District: (818) 899-1900

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet (but most sites will only accommodate small RVs)
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Some restrooms are accessible
Fees: $12 per night
Check-in, check-out: any time, Noon

Chilao Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Chilao Campground: Chilao Visitor Center, Silver Moccasin Trail, Pacific Crest Trail

Coulter Group Camp inside Chilao Campground

Coulter Group Camp is located within Chilao Campground. Access is through Little Pines Loop near campsite 18. A locked gate there leads to Coulter Group Camp. The gate combinatiion is sent with the reservatioin confirmation. The campground can accommodate up to 50 people and 12 vehicles. Campground amenities include 4 picnic tables, group cooking facilities, vault toilets, a group campfire, and piped water. RVs should not exceep 40 feet. The use of generators is not permitted. Check-in time is 2:00 PM, check-out is 11:00 AM.
Fees: $100 per night
Reervations: Coulter Group Camp Reservations

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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