Meadow Group Campground is located off State Highway 2 between the Manzanita Loop of the Chilao Campground and the Chilao Ranger Station, 26 miles north of the 210 Freeway in La Canada, California.
The campground offers access to a wide variety of recreational activities within the beautiful Angeles National Forest.
This campground is 1.5 miles from the San Gabriel Wilderness- where hiking and equestrian use is permitted. In addition, there are also hiking, biking and equestrian trails nearby. The Chilao Visitor Center is located 1.5 miles east of the campground. It offers exhibits and information about the area, campfire programs and excellent bird watching opportunities, including ten species of woodpeckers.
The campground will accommodate two groups. Area 1 accommodates up to 24 people and has three picnic tables and fire rings, one water spigot, and an animal resistant dumpster. Area 2 can accommodate up to 80 people and has ten picnic tables and fire rings, two water spigots, a water fountain, and an animal resistant dumpster. Flush toilets are available, but are shared by both groups.
The Meadow Group Campground is located within the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, which is bordered by the Los Angeles Basin on the south, the San Gabriel Wilderness Area on the east, the San Gabriel Mountains on the north, and the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 14 on the west. The campground is at an elevation of 5,300 feet amid Coulter pines, scrub oaks and grasslands. Visitors might see birds and squirrels along the nature trails, and the area is particularly known for its variety of woodpeckers.
State Route 2, the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway, is a National Forest Scenic Highway. The highway, as it winds along the San Gabriel Mountains, offers spectacular views of nearby peaks and valleys.
Several vista points along the road offer the traveler expansive views of the Mojave Desert, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.
ADA Access: N
We camped here with my son’s elementary school class and it was perfect. We rented both sites, but ended up using only site 2 as it held more people and is closer to the toilets.
There is a good amount of flattish space to put tents, several fire rings making it easy to secure yourself away and have your own area even in a group.
The kids had Ana amazing time running around, climbing rocks and splashing in the creek.
April 2, 2018
I hosted a Girls Who Hike LA 2nd annual 1st time campers workshop where I taught girls
To camp for the first time. This place was a great choice. The scenery was beautiful and the space was great for all 15 of us. I was also able to reserve this space which was ideal for me. The campground only allows 6 vehicles and you do not need a permit to park there unless your not park of the 6 vehicle rule. The 6 vehicles are covered under the cost of the campground. The water source was not working when we went and the bathrooms are located on the other campground next to ours so it wasn’t fun if we had to go to the bathroom at night. This site does not have any bear canisters yet the trash cans are bear proof on the campsite. There was only one real place to hang 1 hammock and you have to make sure you call the office to get the combination code so you can open the gate. I had to call the day we went and I was able to get the code from the visitors center people. We got very lucky and we all participated in the Chilao Visitor Center Star Gazing event 1 mile from our campground. It is walking distance away. I have to warn you the weather changes dramatically from day to night. I checked many different weather websites for weather and they all lied to me. The best was to get the weather was to call the Chilao Visitors Center. Meadow Group Campground IS within the Chilao Campground. You get absolutely no service while you are camping. The visitor Center has a phone if you need to call someone or if you go up the highway 2-3 more miles there is a restaurant called Newcombers where they have WiFi and some really great food! Pets are allowed at this campsite but require a permit. DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREWOOD! They encourage you to collect wood around your campsite. I would recommend bringing a hatchet or axe to help break down some of the larger wood peices. It was freezing at night it got below 30 degrees prepare for cold weather at night just in case! We had no issues with animals! All around this is a great campsite!
XTra Large spacious site. Around the area There was an some reminense of an old ampitheater which lead to some pretty fun stage show acting activities. Other than, plenty of open space to start your own camp village. Very large parking spot for many many cars. Security gate to close the parking lot and prevent strangers from driving in. Went during mid June so it was really hot. High 80's. there was an ok amount of shade. As the trees are sparsed apart around here. There are 2 very very old low pressure flushing toilets around the area. A water spigget and water pump for pottable water.
We occupied Meadow Group campground 001 back in September and had a blast! -1 star for toilets being closed without notice (we received notice of no running water). #1 is the smaller group campground and located at the top. The downside to this is that people who reserved site #2 didn't pay attention, and had set up camp before we arrived. #2 is MUCH larger and suitable for groups up to 100 (like boy scouts, church groups, etc). In addition, the larger group had not informed their campers of the site setup, so we ended up on gate patrol and providing directions all night. It's definitely not very private; however, there is plenty of space to feel like you're really out in the great outdoors, as well as for parking, tents, and play.