Angeles National Forest encompasses a total area of 655,387 acres in three different counties in the state of California (San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties). The forest can be found on the steep and rugged mountains adjoining the northern areas of Los Angeles metropolitan area. To get to the national forest, visitors can use CA 2 and CA 39.
Once visitors get to the Angeles National Forest, they are usually interested in several areas, but the most popular areas of interest include the Big Santa Anita Canyon, Mount Baldy, San Gabriel Wilderness, Castaic Lake, and Pyramid Lake.
The forest also houses part of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, that was established in 2014 and is currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Besides the interesting geography in the forest, visitors will also find lots of flora and fauna. Some of the flora include dense chaparral shrub forests with oak woodlands as well as pine and fir-covered slopes.
Visitors can also get to enjoy several recreational activities including camping, fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, water-skiing, jet skiing, hiking, backpacking, hunting, target shooting, horseback riding, ORV riding, cross-country, and downhill skiing.
If you love these outdoor activities and if you have a dog, you are welcome to bring them into the park, but you have to be aware of some rules that protect visitors, wildlife, and habitat. For example, visitors are expected to maintain immediate control of the dogs and ensure that their dogs do not stray into areas of the forest that are not dog/pet-friendly.
Additionally, dog owners are expected to keep their dogs leashed or ensure that their dogs are in a secure enclosure if they are not leashed. Furthermore, if your dog poops on forest grounds, then you are expected to clean up after your dog right away and dispose of the solid waste in the right manner.