Description - National Forest Wilderness Areas are lands set aside by Congress to preserve their beauty and natural, wild qualities. Whether you're a novice hiker, an experienced backpacker, or just interested in the "great outdoors", Wilderness offers a chance to experience solitude and a landscape nearly unchanged by man. Although trails wind through the Wilderness, there are no developed facilities. The use of mountain bikes, motorized vehicles, generators, sunction dredges or other mechanical tools is prohibited in Wilderness.
- Recreational opportunities in this Wilderness Area included numerous hiking and backpacking trails leading to the many peaks, canyons, rivers and streams. Entry points at West Fork/ Lower Bear Creek, Coldbrook/ Upper Bear Creek, Devil's Canyon, Three Points, Mt. Waterman Trail from Buckhorn. Wilderness permits not required for entry.
Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, and backpacking are enjoyed on this wilderness area.
Within the Angeles, the rugged San Gabriel and Sheep Mountain Wilderness Areas cover more than 125 square miles, with elevations that range from 2,400 feet to over 10,000 feet. The San Gabriel alone covers 35,00 acres of land.
Climate - With the huge elevation range, the Angeles experiences tremendous variations in climate. The lower elevations experience relatively warm temperatures year round, with rain much more frequent in the winter months than in the summer months. The high elevations receive enough snow in the winter to support several ski areas. The summers bring warm temperatures to the mountains.
The San Gabriel Wilderness Area is located north of the LA Basin within the Angeles National Forest. A wilderness permit is not required for entry into the San Gabriel Wilderness. The three access points into the Wilderness area from Highway 2 are: (1) near the Chilao Visitor Center at Devil's Canyon Trailhead, (2) at the junction of the Santa Clara Divide Road and Highway 2 at the Three Points Trailhead, and (3) near Buckhorn Campground at the Mt. Waterman Trailhead. An Adventure Pass or Golden Passport is required for parked vehicles at trailheads.