NPLD Highlighted Site: Chantry Flat Picnic Area, Angeles National Forest, Arcadia, CA

Located just outside the San Gabriel Valley, the Angeles National Forest provides a much-needed dose of nature for the millions of residents in the Los Angeles metro area. One of the most popular destinations within the forest, the Chantry Flat Picnic Area, is a mere 20 minutes north of Arcadia, California, and provides easy access to points of interest such as the picturesque Sturtevant Falls and Hermit Falls.

This National Public Lands Day, the National Forest Foundation is partnering with the US Forest Service and local community groups to host a variety of public lands engagement and volunteer opportunities in the Angeles National Forest.

Increased public use year-round has had a significant impact on the conditions of picnic areas and trails. By spending a day helping spruce up the recreation area, volunteers can help make Chantry Flat and the Angeles National Forest a safer, more sustainable place for recreation for local community members.

Stewardship projects will include:

  • Trail restoration and maintenance
  • Picnic area improvements
  • Trash pick-up
  • Debris and vegetation removal
  • Facility painting
  • And more!

Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and attendees will have a chance to win one of several raffle prizes as a token of appreciation for their efforts. Parking at the picnic site is limited; however, with the support of the City of Arcadia and local conservation group Nature For All, free shuttles will be available to take volunteers from REI’s Arcadia location to Chantry Flat starting at 7 a.m.

Registration is required for all attendees. Visit the National Forest Foundation website for more information on how to sign up.