At a Glance:
4,500-foot elevation 21 sites RV's up to 16' No water Vault toilets Campsites are first-come, first-served What to Expect
South Fork Campground on the backside of the San Gabriel Mountains is a hidden gem in the Mojave Desert. Tucked in the middle of steep canyon walls descending from Mt. Islip from the South and Vazquez Rocks in the North, this campground offers 21 spacious sites of year-round tranquility. Each site comes with a fire-ring and grill to huddle around and cook those family campfire meals. Additionally, each site comes with a picnic bench should your group decide a game of cards is in order.
After an evening around the fire, the South Fork Campground offers hiking and horseback riding to some of the most beautiful features in the San Gabriels. Campers turned hikers can travel south along Big Rock Creek towards Islip Saddle and see seasonal waterfalls or spot a Nelson's Big Horn Ram. What's more, hikers can head east along the Manzanita Trail towards Vincent's Gap or west to the Devil's Punchbowl - one of the most geologically interesting places in Los Angeles County. Regardless of the time of the year, visitors can find a trail that suits their needs and experience level.
If hiking isn't your "thing," South Fork Campground delivers excellent snow play, fishing, and stargazing.
The drive to the campsite is pretty rough but doable. It’s very close to a good stream of of water. There are fire pits in some spots just get there early to get a good spot.
Great primitive campsites. Need sturdy vehicle to get there. Quiet area with very little traffic. Stayed on a Sunday night and we were the only ones in the camp. Fantastic hiking up a nearby creek.
Nice campground, not as kept up as most places due to its location and limited access. Has pit toilets in 2 locations, a large dumpster in 2 locations, a large picnic area, small group fire pit, individual fire pits in some campsites. Access is limited to vehicles with a bit of clearance but I wouldn’t say you NEED 4wd but it may come in handy. There’s no potable water or electricity. There are no lights of any kind up there and you are also in bear territory. But it is extremely quiet and on a clear night you can see all the stars. They don’t suggest you bring anything longer than a 16ft trailer but you could get away with a little longer in some sites.