Within 30 minutes of downtown Los Angeles lies the Angeles National Forest, a 650,000-acre wilderness expanse just north of Pasadena. Home to the San Gabriel Wilderness Area, a 36,000 acre preserve, and the 44,000-acre Sheep Mountain Wilderness, the park’s diverse terrain ranges from dense forests and rugged slopes to rocky canyons and majestic peaks towering over 10,000 feet.
Known as L.A.’s “wilderness next door,” it’s a favorite destination for hikers, mountain bikers, campers, and anyone trying to escape their city environs, if only for a little while. The forest offers 557 miles of hiking and equestrian trails for beginners and the experienced, plus camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, target shooting, off-highway vehicles, water sports, wilderness, and winter sports.
Get More Out of Your Experience with OYAMA
One way to get more out of your day or weekend trip to Angeles National Forest, is to pack your OYAMA ebike in the trunk or the bed of your pick-up and bring it with you. While you’ll need to limit your ebike excursions within the park to roads posted for motorized vehicles (per Federal law governing ebike use of Federal lands), you’ll be sure to relish leaving your car or truck roadside in favor of exploring from the seat of your OYAMA. The electric peddle assist will help you up, down, and around the rugged terrain while you savor the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and all the breathtaking sights, sounds, and scents the park has to offer.
The Forest Service offers this detailed map of the Angeles National Forest and all the routes where you can ride your ebike and other motorized vehicles.
Angeles National Forest Highlights
The San Gabriel Wilderness Area comprises 36,000 acres within the Angeles National Forest. This land has been set aside in an effort to preserve its wilderness character. With terrain ranging in elevation from 1,600 to 8,200 feet, dense chaparral in the lowlands transition to pine and fir-covered slopes before giving way to towering peaks teeming with wildflowers and a variety of wildlife.
Wilderness Permits are not required for the San Gabriel Wilderness Area. Access is recommended using the following trails:
- Bear Creek Trail (An 11-mile trail, with trailheads near Rincon and Coldbrook Ranger Stations, both on Highway 39).
- Waterman Trail (A 10-mile trail, from Three Points to Buckhorn, with a one-mile side trail to Twin Peaks Saddle).
- Devil’s Canyon Trail (A four-mile trail down into rugged Devil’s Canyon).
With elevations ranging from 2,400 ft. to over 10,000 ft., the 44,000-acre Sheep Mountain Wilderness is one of this country’s most unique and inspiring wild areas. Recreational opportunities abound, including:
- Hiking for the experienced and for novices
- Camping & picnicking
- Water-related recreation
Wilderness permits are required (they are free), which allows the Forest Service to make decisions to ensure better protection of the wilderness resources in this area.
Let Your Dreams Unfold With OYAMA
OYAMA folding ebikes offer the perfect solution for extending your time immersed in the natural wonders of Angeles National Forest. OYAMA ebikes (such as the OYAMA CX E8D and CX E8D Version II) fold up small enough to go wherever you go, are big enough to offer a safe and comfortable ride, and all models come with a set of rear racks, so you can bring some gear along too.
With more than 50 years of mechanical and design expertise, OYAMA Bikes builds 200+ varieties of practical, functional, and innovative folding bikes for active mobile cyclists. Known for their amazing ride quality and functionality, OYAMA bikes offer quality, utility, comfort, and style and are distributed in the United States by Foldaway Solutions of Covina, CA.
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