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:

  • Protection of additional wilderness
  • Protection of 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:

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.