Where to go camping?
TRAIL CAMPS (Hike In) no site fees:
GOULD MESA: An easy hike up the Gabrielino Trail in the Arroyo Seco. Pit toilets (well maintained), tables, fire rings and elevated fireboxes. The campground hosts have historically been friendly to scouts. You must treat the stream water for use.
COMMODORE SWITZER: An easy hike down the Gabrielino Trail from Switzer Picnic Area. This is a very small site with three shepherd stoves, no tables or toilets. Treat the stream water.
OAKWILDE CAMP: Halfway between Gold Mesa and Switzer on the Gabrielino Trail. Pit toilets, tables, elevated fireboxes and unofficial fire rings. Stream water must be treated for use.
BEAR CANYON CAMP: Not for beginners. Branch off the Gabrielino Trail south of Commodore Switzer into the upper gorge of the Arroyo Seco and continue east up Bear Canyon. Trail camp is on a hard-to-see bench on the south side of the creek. Site is equipped with tables, fire rings, elevated fireboxes, no toilets. The creek can be unreliable in late summer, dangerous when swollen in the spring; it must be treated before use.
HENNINGER FLATS: A short but steep climb up the Mt. Wilson Toll Road out of Eaton Canyon. Several well-developed campgrounds of from four to twelve sites each. Flush toilets, tables, elevated shepherd stoves and piped drinking water. Cut & split firewood is available free for the stoves but no open fires are allowed. County Fire Department foresters on duty are generally friendly to scouts and will provide service opportunities, merit badge counseling, nature study help and evening movies.
MILLARD CAMPGROUND: Technically a walk-in campground, you can park your car 150 yards away. Take Chaney Trail north from Loma Alta Dr. in Altadena. Pit toilets, tables, elevated fireboxes and fire rings; Treat stream water for use. Close in, heavily used campground.
MT. LOWE CAMPGROUND: Hike to Mt. Lowe can be easy or strenuous depending on the route chosen. Via the Sunset Trail out of Millard Canyon, it’s a snap. Up the Sam Merrill Trail from the top of Lake Ave. in Altadena, it’s long and tiring. From Bear Canyon over Tom Slone Saddle, it’s a tough go. Pit toilets, tables, fire rings and elevated fireboxes. Stream is unreliable in late summer; treat to use.
IDLE HOUR CAMP: Reachable from the Mt. Wilson Toll Road above Henninger Flats. Turn west at the trail marker and hike down into upper Eaton Canyon. This camp is also accessible from Mt. Lowe via the Idle Hour Trail. Three box stoves, no tables or toilets. Treat the stream water.
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Scoutmaster: Allan Yovanovich 90 E. Loma Alta Drive, Altadena, CA 91001