Cooper Canyon Trail Camp is a small hike-in campground maintained by the Forest Service near the Pacific Crest Trail in the mountains north of Los Angeles. Cooper Canyon Trail Camp is a primitive tree covered campground located in a canyon, with only six designated campsites. Getting to the campground requires hiking in on via the fire road or the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Buckhorn Campground. The PCT is a slightly longer, but more scenic hike than the fire road. Cooper Canyon Falls is a waterfall located about a mile up stream from the canyon, and makes a great day trip – especially in wetter years.
There are 6 primitive campsites at Cooper Canyon Trail Camp. There are a handful of picnic tables and fire grills available at the campground, but they are all located in one spot, and not at the individual campsites. There are two vault toilets located available, but no piped drinking water. There is a stream that flows just below the campground, with water that can be filtered for drinking. You must pack all trash out. Reservations are not accepted, all campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis.
While there is no feee to camp at Cooper Canyon, you will need to buy an Adventure Pass to park at the trailhead. Passes are not sold at the trail head an must be purchased in advance from a retailer. You will also need a free California Campfire Permit to have any open flame, including stoves, at the campground. The Campfire Permit can be obtained from any Forest Service ranger station of office, or online.
Cooper Canyon Trail Camp Features
|Number of Campsites:||6 Campsites|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilet|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack it out|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not RV Accessible|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Nearest City/Town:||La Canada Flintridge, California|
|Location:||Los Angeles County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||None|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store located 40 miles away in La Canada Flintridge|
|Directions:||From Interstate 210 in La Canada, exit onto the Angeles Crest Highway (HWY 2) and drive northeast for approximately 33 miles to Cloudburst Summit. Park in the clearing to the left (north) of the highway and follow either the fire road (1.75 miles) or the Pacific Crest Trail (2.5 miles) down to Cooper Canyon Trail Camp.|
|Web:||Cooper Canyon Trail Camp – Angeles National Forest|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First-come/first-served|
When To Go
Spring & Early Summer – The best time to go to Cooper Canyon Trail Camp is in the Spring & Early Summer. The weather will not be too cold or too hot during these times.
What To Do
Hiking – There are many hiking trails throughout the area, including the section of the PCT that runs by the campground