From rugged hiking to first-class biking in the nearby San Gabriel Wilderness, this dog-friendly campground offers amazing activities. It also provides comfortable and restful nights. The campground sits at an elevation of 5,200 feet, near the Angeles National Forest, 36,000 acres of which has been designated as the wilderness area. You can enjoy the outdoor experience without venturing too far from the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Driving on the nearby Angeles Crest Highway you can soak in the unique landscapes dotted with pines, wildflowers, and shrubs. The campground can house groups as big as 50 campers, and RVs as long as 40 feet. There are 4 picnic tables and group campfire rings. Drinking water faucets, cooking facilities, a trash service, and vault toilets make your stay here quite comfortable. Due to limited water availability, it’s best that you bring your own water. Trailer parking is also available. The San Gabriel Wilderness is just a mile from the campground. The 58-mile Silver Moccasin Trail offers excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding opportunities. This also leads you to the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Canada to Mexico.
You need to be careful about the terrain, which is extremely rugged with elevations ranging from 1,600 feet to 8,200 feet. Keep an eye on Fido as well. Dense chaparral covers the lower elevation. As you head to the upper elevations, you will start seeing fir and pine-covered slopes and majestic peaks, with glimpses of wildflowers and wildlife. Bears frequent the area so it’s best to keep your food in approved containers. Also, generators, live bands, and loud music are not allowed.
You can visit the Chilao Visitor Center, just 1.5 miles from the campground during your stay. In addition to providing interesting information about the region, the center also offers amazing birding opportunities. If you are considering a camping trip with Fido, Coulter Group Campground should be on your shortlist.