Gould Mesa Trail Camp is a small, primitive campground with only 5 campsites near LA in the Angeles National Forest. The campground is a hike-in campground that is managed by the Forest Service. There are five large tree-covered campsites located at Gould Mesa Trail Camp. Getting to the campground requires hiking in on the Gabrielino Trail for about 2 miles.

All of the campsites at Gould Mesa Trail Camp offer picnic tables and fire rings. A vault toilet is available. There is no piped drinking water available, however there is a small seasonal stream that flows alongside the campground, with water that can be filtered for drinking. However, the stream often runs dry during periods of low rainfall; be sure to bring plenty of water with you. 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 fee to camp at Gould Mesa Trail Camp, 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.

Gould Mesa Trail Camp Features

Campground Type: Primitive
Number of Campsites: 5 Campsites
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Vault Toilet
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not RV Accessible
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:
34.222073, -118.178470
Nearest City/Town: La Canada Flintridge, California
Elevation: 1500 Feet
Location: Los Angeles County, California
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: Store located 5 miles away in La Canada Flintridge
Directions: From I-210 West in La Canada Flintridge, take Windsor Ave. Turn right on Windsor Ave. to Ventura St. and park at the trail head. Take the Gabrielino Trail 2 miles to the campground.Alternate Route: Take I-210 exit at the Angeles Crest Highway (CA Hwy. 2) and head north about 2 miles. Park on the right before you enter the forest and hike the dirt road 1 mile past the power substation to the campground.



(626) 574-1613

Web: Gould Mesa Trail Camp – Angeles National Forest
Reservations: Not Accepted – First-come/first-served

When To Go

Spring & Early Summer – The best time to go to Gould Mesa Trail Camp is in the Spring & Early Summer. The weather will not be too cold or too hot during these times.

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What To Do

Hiking – There are many hiking trails throughout the area.

Image Credits:  Roy Randall

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