Description - The San Gabriel River Ranger District comprises the southeastern portion of the Forest, north of the cities of Duarte (population 22,000), Azusa (44,000), Glendora (51,000), San Dimas (35,000), La Verne (32,000), and Claremont (34,000). The San Gabriel Canyon and Crystal Lake Recreation Areas, accessed by State Route 39, are major attractions.
The District manages the wilderness on the Forest, including the San Gabriel and Sheep Mountain Wilderness areas, and portions of the Cucamonga Wilderness. The largest herd of Nelson Bighorn Sheep in California inhabits the District. Mt. Baldy Ski Area, located at the upper end of San Antonio Canyon, is a popular winter sports area operating under special use permit. The District administers a variety of land use permits including communication sites, lodges, reservoirs, and over 300 recreation residences.
- The San Gabriel River Ranger District offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. The District has several campgrounds; closures exist until further notice. The Manker Flat Campground offers both day and overnight use. No water nor restrooms currently available; porta-potties are available outside the campground.
Fishing is enjoyed along the East and North Forks of the San Gabriel River, 1 mile above the West Fork Parking lot. The West Fork of the San Gabriel River and its tributaries from the second bridge upstream from Highway 39 is designated as catch-and-release only.
Numerous trails on the District are open to a variety of users, however, District hiking trails are not recommended for equestrian or bicycle travel. Mountain bikes are welcome on Rincon / Shortcut Road, Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail, and the Baldy Notch Service Road. Contact the District Office for updated information.
Recreation - Visitors to San Gabriel will find many recreations to fulfill their pastimes desires: trail usage, backpacking, river running, camping, sightseeing, wildflower viewing, and more.
Forest visitors on the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres National Forests of Southern California are required to purchase an Adventure Pass and display it on their vehicle when parked in the Forest. The cost is $5 per day or $30 per year and can be purchased in any Forest Service office or over 350 businesses throughout Southern California.
Climate - With the huge elevation range, the Angeles experiences tremendous variations in climate. The lower elevations experience relatively warm temperatures year round, with rain much more frequent in the winter months than in the summer months. The high elevations receive enough snow in the winter to support several ski areas. The summers bring warm temperatures to the mountains.
The San Gabriel River Ranger District comprises the southeastern portion of the Forest, north of the cities of Duarte, Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, and Claremont. The San Gabriel Canyon and Crystal Lake Recreation Areas are accessed from State Route 39.