Smokey’s Birthday Party

Smokey’s Birthday Party will be held August 10, 2024, at Big Pines Visitor Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Come celebrate with Smokey, USFS, and the Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest.  Smokey, FS Fire crew, cake, arts and crafts, tours and more.

Forest Status

Big Pines Visitor Center – The visitor center is open Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Come in to see our displays – including taxidermied bear, mountain lion, and other animals and items from our area, and get information regarding hiking, camping, and the forest.  It’s free, and the building is heated!

Weather: Winter has arrived. Days are cold and nights are freezing. Dress in layers – shirts, sweaters, and jackets, wear gloves and hats, waterproof shoes…

Road conditions and status: contact CalTrans at 800-427-7623 or their website for the latest on State Route 2, and check LA County’s Road Conditions website for the latest on N-4, aka Big Pines Hwy. Always watch for rock and debris. Parking: park legally! – follow posted signage; do not park car over foglines/infringing on roadways.

Camping:  USFS-managed: Blue Ridge, Guffy, and Lupine Campgrounds (first come, first served requiring the Adventure Pass or an Interagency Federal Pass) are open.  All 3 campsites are hike-in only during the winter season. They are not maintained, so it is a pack-in/pack-out situation now through April. is the concessionaire managing all other campsites, picnic areas, and parking lots in the Big Pines Area.

Trash: When there are no trash cans or they are full, please take your trash home with you!  

Fire Restrictions: Check ANF website for current fire level status – including campfire prohibitions.

Clarification: the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center is closed. The Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest, who staffed the GH center, moved their displays and volunteers to this center, the Big Pines Visitor Center.

Have fun, and Thank you for protecting our forest.