Chantry Flat Recreation Area to Close on Weekends

Chantry Flat Recreation Area to Close on Weekends

June 11, 2020


Arcadia, Calif. – The Angeles National Forest will be temporarily closing weekend access to the Chantry Flat recreation area, starting Saturday, June 13, due to heightened public safety concerns.

Recreation areas across the Angeles National Forest have been experiencing exceptionally high numbers of visitors. In the Chantry Flat recreation area, visitor vehicles continue to exceed available parking. Vehicle congestion and illegal parking on the narrow mountain roads has resulted in constricted roadways that block access by emergency crews and limits public egress in an emergency.

With the arrival of hot, dry conditions, it is imperative that fire crews and emergency vehicles have adequate access for public safety.

The temporary closure of Chantry Flat is currently limited to weekends only, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday access, Monday through Friday, will remain open.

The Angeles National Forest is working with state and local partners to find solutions to the recent overcrowding and increasingly heavy traffic volume on mountain roadways. Until then, it is necessary to temporarily close weekend access for public safety.

Chantry Flat is a recreation area within the Angeles National Forest, about three miles into Big Santa Anita Canyon, and closely associated with the communities of Arcadia, Monrovia and Sierra Madre. The flat itself has a public picnic area, and is the starting point for several historic trails, including the 28.5-mile (45.9 km) Gabrielino Trail. The road to Chantry Flat is the third busiest entry into the Angeles National Forest, after California State Highways 2 and 39.

Finally, please remember that the Angeles National Forest has enacted strict fire restrictions. With an above-normal fire season projected, using a fire on national forests in California, outside of developed campgrounds, is generally prohibited.

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For questions, please contact Public Affairs officer, John Clearwater, at (626) 425-2150, or


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