Manker Campground

Angeles National Forest

Mt. Baldy, Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Campers at Manker 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 Manker 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.

Manker Campground

Manker Campground is located on Mt. Baldy Road, 14 miles north of Claremont. Visitors at the campground are near the historic Mt. Baldy Schoolhouse and Visitor Center, 3½ miles away in Mt. Baldy Village. A short dirt road from the campground leads up to San Antonio Falls. A much more ambitious trail climbs to the summit of 10,000-foot Mt. Baldy

Manker Campground has 21 campsites for small RVs and tents. Drinking water may not be available in dry years. If there is no potable water campers should either bring plenty or use a proper filter for creek water (if flowing).

Campground Basics
Manker Campground Location: Mt. Baldy Rd., 14 miles north of Claremont
Elevation: 6,000 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Los Angeles - 46 miles
San Bernardino - 44 miles
Number of Campsites: 21
Open - Closed: May - September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (2nd vehicle $5 or $3 with Adventure Pass)
Pets: On leash, always attended
San Gabriel River Ranger District Office: (626) 335-1251

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 16 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None
Fees: $14 per night (or with Adventure Pass, $10)
Check-in, check-out: any time, Noon

Manker Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire rings; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water (except in dry years)
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Manker Campground: Hike to San Antonio Falls or hike to summit of Mt. Baldy. Tour the Visitor Center (formerly the 1921 Mt. Baldy Schoolhouse). Find nearby picnicking and mountain biking.

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

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.

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