We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Angeles National Forest, 460 Oak Grove Dr., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone Number:
+1 818-790-1151

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 6 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 2
  • 3
    Very good
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
Nice campground and picnic area in Angelus National Forest

Chilao is a stop on Angelus Crest in the Angelus national forest just north of La Canada Flintridge . It has facilities for overnight camping and day time picnics. There is a... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
Add Photo Write a Review

6 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 6: English reviews
Level Contributor
219 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Chilao is a stop on Angelus Crest in the Angelus national forest just north of La Canada Flintridge . It has facilities for overnight camping and day time picnics. There is a visitor center with friendly helpful staff .The restrooms are across the road in the picnic area. Beware of rattlesnakes in the summer

1 Thank marktS5189DV
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
194 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Went for fathers with gran children's Was so quite, clean Pristine, silent Very close to LA Impossible not to go Public restrooms can be improved

Thank Eduardo P
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
252 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

We were on our way to Newcomb's Ranch when it started to snow. We saw the sign for the Chilao Recreation Area and we pulled in. There is nature and there is nature that is so beautiful that you think you are in a dream. The campgrounds are very well kept and safe. This is a place to bring your... More 

1 Thank David_DeMulle
Kimberly, Idaho
Level Contributor
261 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We're an avid hiker family, the family dog being the most energetic. 6.23.13 - on our first hike up Horse flat Campground, my dog suddenly reared up on his hind legs and hissed. He had startled a rattlesnake that was sunning itself on a boulder by the trail. They stared each other down eyeball-to-eyeball barely 6 inches apart! I immediately... More 

Thank 3Kells
Surf City USA
Level Contributor
767 reviews
356 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2012 via mobile

Great for picnics, family reunions & camping. Much of this has been updated & rebuilt & cleaned up the big forest fire three years ago. a short drive up Angeles Crest Highway from Greater LA...and close to Mt Wilson Observatory. My favorite place for dark-night star-gazing in all of the LA area!

3 Thank jg3arrow
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2011

The best thing about the Chilao Campgrounds is that they are first come first serve, which means, when you suddenly decide to go camping in southern california, you can actually get a spot! Anyone who's been camping in Southern California knows that it is almost impossible to get a good campsite at a good campground unless you reserve it months... More 

5 Thank Iplish

Travellers who viewed Chilao Recreation Area also viewed

La Canada Flintridge, CA
La Canada Flintridge, CA
La Canada Flintridge, CA

Been to Chilao Recreation Area? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Chilao Recreation Area staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?