If you and your pooch are looking to escape from the city into the great outdoors, Buckhorn Campground might just be the pawfect spot for you! Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from LA, near Arcadia in Angeles National Forest, the campsite is a little no-frills -- you won’t find any electricity hookups or shower stations -- but the location is simply beautiful. The campground is surrounded by stately, mature trees and perched on the banks of a gently burbling creek. The area even smells good, as the leaves of the incense cedars release a subtle perfume. Not bad for $12 a night! There is a catch, though -- sites at Buckhorn Campground are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and the 38-site camping area often fills to capacity on weekends. You may need to leave very early in order to get your spot, particularly if you need to stay at one of the ADA accessible sites.
Not only that, but the area surrounding Buckhorn Campground is a haven for hound-dog hikers! The campground is quite close to the trailheads of some furrifically Fido-friendly routes leading around and into the San Gabriel Mountains. The three-mile trek out and back to Cooper Canyon Falls is a lovely way to spend an afternoon, and the trail features only a moderate incline. Fitter four-pawed pals looking for a challenge might enjoy the uphill journey to fabulous views offered by the Mount Waterman Trail. Don’t be fooled by the gradual slope -- that angle is maintained the whole way!
Buckhorn Campground doesn’t have any wifi, and cellular coverage is spotty at best, so this may not be the best choice for those who need to stay in constant contact. Otherwise, enjoy your digital detox! Campfires are permitted, but only in designated rings, and like most campgrounds in California, regulations can change with the weather. You’ll also find drinking fountains on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your buddy, and have a pawesome trip!