To the millions of Los Angeles area residents who live within an hour's drive and to visitors from all over the world, the Angeles National Forest provides a thousand square miles of open space and a variety of recreation opportunities year around. In contrast to the nearby city, the Angeles Forest offers natural environments, spectacular scenery, developed camp- grounds and picnic areas, swimming, fishing, and the solitude of quiet wilderness areas. Winding throughout the Forest are trails for hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. The Angeles National Forest is YOUR great outdoors - to visit, to care for, and to enjoy!" Quote from the US Forest website.
The Angeles National Forest is one of the heaviest used forests in the country, being in such close proximity to Los Angeles, with a population of 15 million people and and 40,000 visitors per month. However, with just an easy 30 minute drive up Azusa Canyon via Hwy 39 to the bridge crossing at the West Fork of the San Gabriel River or a short drive up Mountain Avenue to the Lower San Antonio Creek, you can be fishing or hiking along four different and beautiful streams.
There are five streams in the Angeles National Forest that can providefor year round fishing. They are the West, North and East Forks of the San Gabriel River, San Antonio Creek and Piru Creek. Of these five streams two have sections that have been designated as a Wild Trout stream. One is on the West Fork of the San Gabriel River and the other is on Piru Creek. The Department of Fish and Game does not stock the designated wild trout areas on these streams. They have a self-sustaining population of wild rainbow trout. Each stream is unique in it's own way, from the bike path on the WestFork, to the mining on the East Fork, to the hiking along the San Antonio Creek and the fishing on Piru Creek. The FRVC is there in uniform to assist the Forest Service. We advise visitors of fire regulations, forest closures, stream safety and provide assistance on back country trails. In addition, we sell daily and annual Adventure Passes to those visitors that forgot to buy one, prior to arriving at the forest.