San Gabriel Mountains

The San Gabriel Mountains - less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles – are Southern California’s recreation backyard.

To protect them, we are building support to create a national recreation area in the mountains while also protecting wilderness and wild rivers. These two things will help protect the forest and bring better visitor services, such as more rangers and better trail maintenance.

More than 17 million people live near this rugged range stretching across two of the nation’s most popular national forests. The San Gabriel Mountains are home to alpine forests, chaparral hills, clear trout-filled streams and the often snow-capped 10,068-foot Mt. Baldy, L.A. County’s tallest peak.

Why San Gabriel Mountains

The San Gabriel Mountains are within an hour’s drive of more than 17 million people making the area Southern California’s backyard.

Most of the range is in the Angeles National Forest. This forest gives Los Angeles County:

  • More than one-third of its drinking water
  • More than 70 percent of its open space
  • Scenic and critical habitat

Work We’re Doing

As lead members of the diverse partnership San Gabriel Mountains Forever, we are working to build support for a national recreation area in the San Gabriel Mountains and to preserve wilderness and wild rivers.

National Recreation Area

Imagine a 600,000-acre recreation area (three times bigger than New York City) that improves the Angeles National Forest and offers park-poor lower river urban areas with:

  • More visitor services like trail signs
  • Education programs
  • More rangers           

Wilderness and Wild Rivers

San Gabriel Mountains Forever is also focused on:

  • Protecting 36,000 acres of additional wilderness
  • Preserving 44 miles of rivers and creeks as wild and scenic

These public wildlands are beautiful scenic areas that are also important wildlife habitats and drinking water sources.

Our partners

We are leading San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF), a diverse partnership that is working to preserve the mountains and improve recreational opportunities.

San Gabriel Mountains Forever members include:

  • Residents and cities
  • Faith and community leaders
  • Health and social service organizations
  • Businesses
  • Conservation groups

See also:

San Gabriel work we're doing

mywilderness: Cornelia Funke

Helpful links

  • San Gabriel Mountains Forever:

  • San Gabriel Mountains Forever Facebook Campaign:

  • Neil Shader

    A report on landscape-based mitigation released by the Interior Department Energy and Climate Change Task Force, “A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior,”  provides a blueprint for better protection for fish, wildlife, recreation and wild land values for the tens of millions of acres of public lands open to oil and gas and other energy development.

  • Michael Reinemer

    This weekend, veterans from around the West will be visiting the rolling, boulder-strewn landscape of the Dragoon Mountains south of Tucson to participate in a writing workshop that will guide them on skills needed to create narratives of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry that is informed both by their service experiences and the natural environment.

  • Neil Shader

    The following statement on the confirmation of Neil Kornze to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management can be attributed to Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.