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ATTENTION: Lightning Point Campground will be closed until April 2015.

LIGHTNING POINT GROUP CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofAngeles National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: LIGHTNING POINT GROUP CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Tue Mar 31 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lightning Point Campground is conveniently located 25 miles southeast of Palmdale and 35 miles north of the San Fernando Valley. The campground is nestled in a forest of Jeffrey pine, scrub oaks and manzanita and can accommodate both groups and equestrian campers.

Hiking on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a favorite pastime for many campers. The trail, which is accessed nearby, weaves all the way from Canada to Mexico with views of six out of the seven ecozones found in North America.

Natural Features:

At 6,100 feet elevation, the area receives average summer temperatures in the low 80s with cool nights.

In Angeles National Forest, vegetation ranges from chaparral and oak at lower elevations to pine at higher altitudes. Elevation ranges from 1,200 to 10,000 feet of low canyons and tall mountain peaks.

Recreation:

Hiking, bird watching and horseback riding are the biggest attractions for campers. Angeles National Forest boasts 557 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. All trails, excluding the Pacific Crest Trail, allow mountain biking as well.

Facilities:

The peaceful campground has six group campsites that can accommodate a total of 240 campers. Two of the sites are designed for horse camping.

Sites 5 and 6 have six horse corrals each, but horses are not required to reserve these sites.

All sites have group-sized tables. Added features include horse corrals, large gathering areas, and a short and easy nature trail.

No toilets or water is available. Visitors must bring their own portable toilets and take all components with them upon departure.

Nearby Attractions:

Hop in the car and drive along the Angeles Crest Highway, a scenic byway that meanders through oak thickets, chaparral, high desert landscapes and pine tree forests.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Hitching Rails
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Interpretive Trails
Know Before You Go
  • No water or toilets available; campers must bring drinking water and a portable toilet
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • Hay must be certified weed free
  • Out-of-state horses must have current Coggins test
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • No generators, live bands or loud music
  • For more information on Angeles National Forest, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.37194, -118.18306
34°22'19"N, 118°10'59"W

From Interstate 210 in La Canada, exit onto the Angeles Crest Highway (HWY 2) and drive northeast for approximately 10 miles to the intersection of the Angeles Crest Highway and the Angeles Forest Highway (County Road N3). Turn left (north) on to the Angeles Forest Highway and drive approximately 12 miles to the Santa Clara Divide Road at Mill Creek Summit. Turn left (west) onto the Santa Clara Divide and continue for about 11 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LIGHTNING POINT GROUP CAMPGROUND
12371 N.LITTLE TUJUNGA CANYON
SAN FERNANDO  CA  91342

Phone Number:

Information:  (818)899-1900
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