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||Big Santa Anita Canyon is within the Angeles National Forest and is entirely on Federal land. Forest Service laws and regulations apply. This is not a city or county park, nor a National park. It is a unique community of cabin owners and hikers enjoying one of the last places of its kind still in existance, a small piece of the 19th Century hidden within our local mountains. The best way to explore this beautiful canyon is on foot. Over forty miles of trails wind through the area.|
Freeway at Santa Anita Avenue and go North into the
mountains until the road ends. View maps.
at Chantry Flat
and the Pack Station may fill up on
weekends. Roadside parking is available, but be
sure to obey the restrictions and be sure your car is
parked completely behind the line. The Forest
Service sometimes tows cars that are blocking the road
and illegally parked cars may be ticketed. You can also
purchase maps at Canyon
canyon has limited parking, there are only 3 lots and the
canyon is very popular with hikers. The lots all
fill up early in the morning on weekends, although on
weekdays there is usually a lot of space available.
In case you find the lots completely filled, parking is
allowed on the road, but each car MUST be entirely behind
the white lane or it will be ticketed by the Forest
Service, or towed if it blocks the road. Each car
must also display a Forest Service Adventure Pass or it
will be ticketed, whether it's on the road or in one of
There is often parking available at the pack station for a $5.00 fee, and an Adventure Pass is not required to park there. Info for large groups--
6 am to 8 pm every day. The
road is gated and the gate is locked at night.
Be sure to return to your car before 7:30 pm or you
may not get out! During and
after heavy rains, fires, or after significant
earthquakes, and during fire alerts the road may be
The Sierra Madre Police Dept. is in charge of locking / unlocking the gate. If you are concerned that the road might be closed you can call them for info:626 355-1414.
|Dogs:||Dogs are allowed on the trails, but must be on
a leash for their own protection as well as for fellow
no fees to enter and use any area of Big Santa Anita
Canyon. Parked cars, however, are required to
display an Adventure Pass.
This pass is required for parking within any National Forest and is available from the U.S. Forest Service.
anywhere it is wise to be aware of the potential
dangers, such as the obvious ones like not straying off
the trail. This is important in remote
areas. Not only are there are there steep
hillsides, loose rocks, and cliffs in the canyon, but
rattlesnakes and ticks are common in the underbrush and
debris on the traiside and hills. Help could be a
long time in coming if you are injured or become
lost. Please use good judgement.
Click here for things to watch out for...
phone numbers to use in an
emergency. This page will open in a new window - you
may want to print it out and take it with you into the
canyonfor reference just in case there's a problem.