Crystal Lake

As of 06/Oct/2020. Highway 39 is OPEN all the way to the Recreation Area.

CURRENTLY OPEN As of 06/Sep/20 in the aftermath of the Bobcat Fire, Highway 39 is open once again all the way to the Recreation area, and the Cafe is open once again at its normal operation hours. The fire burned some of the West side around the lake itself however the camp spaces themselves were saved. Wawona Trail a.k.a. Islip Trail was burned about 30% of its length, from the lower lake parking lot up toward the North to the edge of the burn footprint. Little Jimmy Trail Camp burned, Little Jimmy Spring was saved, Windy Gap Saddle was saved, though about 9 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail overlooking the Recreation Area burned. The extent of the burn removed much of the chaparral and damaged pine and oak trees however tree death around the Recreation Area has been fairly minimal.

Overnight: $12 for each camp site without an Adventure Pass or $10 a night with an Adventure Pass. Please check with the Forest Service or at the Cafe to make sure that the fee value reported here is correct, and also check the sign nest to the Visitor Center.

The lake water level is extremely low and there is no swimming allowed in the lake due to health issues -- health issues with people and with the forest itself -- however the lake does get stocked with fish from time to time.

Current fire danger: VERY HIGH (June 2016)

Welcome to the Crystal Lake Camp Grounds web site. Here you will find accurate and timely information about the status of the Crystal Lake Camp Ground Recreation Area, located in the San Gabriel Mountains within the Angeles National Forest, maintained and operated by the United States Forest Service.

The Crystal Lake Campgrounds are part of the Region 6 United States Forest Service and are not privately owned, American citizens own the forest and the campgrounds within the forest. Information about the region can be provided by the Forest Service by calling (626) 335-1251.

Facebook Also provided on this web site is information about the road conditions heading up to the recreation area, along with detailed information on what the Crystal Lake Trading Post offers to campers, hikers, bikers, fishers, and bicycle riders who visit.

The links provided on the left hand side of your browser can be used to navigate the web site. Also we would greatly appreciate receiving comments and suggestions from you, either about the camp grounds themselves or this web site.

This web site is privatly owned and operated and is not connected with either the Forest Service or any of the volunteer organization which work within the Angeles National Forest.

<-- Check out the "Latest News " link for information about any highway closures and progress that is being made within the Crystal Lake Campgrounds. Also check out the link called "Coming Events" for scheduled volunteer projects that you can participate in!

Here are some quick notes:

Site map is at: Crystal Lake site map

This web site is not operated or maintained by the US Forest Service, and the USFS does not have any responsibility for the contents of any page provided on the http://CrystalLake.Name/ web site. Also this web site is not connected in any way with any of the volunteer organizations that are mentioned in various web pages, including the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders (SGMTBs) or the Angeles Volunteers Association (AVA.) This web site is privately owned and operated. Please note that information on this web page may be inaccurate.

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