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: Summer has arrived. Days are warm and nights are cool. Dress in layers.  Wear hats and sunscreen. Bring and drink LOTS of water.

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. is the concessionaire managing all other campsites, picnic areas, and parking lots in the Big Pines Area. (Exception: an Adventure Pass is required for parking at the Blue Ridge Trailhead parking lot.)

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. Campfire permits can be acquired any time on line or at the Big Pines Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clarification: the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center building has reopened as part of the Big Pines concessionaire-managed area.

Have fun, and Thank you for protecting our forest.