The Angeles National Forest offers so much that only a visit (or a Web-site sneak peek) will reveal all. The Mount Waterman ski resort, for example, substitutes for mountain-bike trails in the off-season, while the Mountain High resort hosts the growing popularity of disc golf, where players throw Frisbee-like discs into chainlink cages for points. The high-altitude highways also are ideal for motorcycle riding. You'll note bikes of all types buzzing by like mosquitoes as you work your way up the winding roads, searching for your next photo op. Don't be surprised if you come upon a fleet of new Porsches, either, as the twiny routes and frame-worthy vistas make for ideal auto-magazine test-drive locales.
If you do plan on stopping at attractions that don't require a fee, even if it's for the camera, purchase a National Forest Roadside Adventure Pass (you'll be fined if you're caught without one) from Forest Service offices, Grassy Hollow Visitors Center, Big Pines Information Center, or local venders.
Finally, grab a bite at Newcomb's Ranch (open seven days a week, off Highway 2, 27 miles north of La Canada). Here, you'll munch with national forest sport aficionados--hunters, climbers, bikers, and campers--and the food ain't bad, either.
Angeles National Forest Info
Forest Supervisor's Office
701 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
4600 Oak Grove Dr.
La Canada/Flintridge, CA 91011
Grassy Hollow Visitors Center
P.O. Box 566
Wrightwood, CA 92397 Fees for campgrounds and picnic areas: $5 -$12
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The information presented in this column is, to the best of our knowledge, correct and accurate at the time of publication. However, because of our lengthy lead time, we recommend calling the proper authorities or local experts for confirmation before visiting.