Sawmill Campground, Lake Hughes, CA

Los Angeles Gateway District, Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest

Free Camping Near Lake Hughes, CA

This is a free, developed campground offered by Angeles National Forest, with eight (8) campsites. picnic tables and campfire rings, vault toilets, and trash receptacles. It's located about six miles west of the town of Lake Hughes, high up on Sawmill Mountain, offering a grew view of Antelope Valley.


District Office

Tel: (818) 899-1900

Official campground webpage


GPS: 34.7011, -118.5720

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Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: Yes, Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass

Max stay: 14 days

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilet, trash cans

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Camping at Sawmill Campground

A popular stopping point for hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail, Sawmill Campground is surrounded by pine and oak trees on top of a mountain ridge.

The campground is spread out enough that you can enjoy a bit of privacy from other campers, assuming there are other campers. Because of its location, and because of the road up, it’s rarely used by vehicle-based campers. The access road is largely smooth and firm-packed for any vehicle, except for the last tight curve down into the campground which gets rocky and bumpy. The campsites themselves are small, limit to trailers no longer than 16 feet. 4WD is only required during wet weather.

A Forest Adventure Pass (see retail sales locations) or Interagency Pass (purchase one online) is required to camp here.

You must access this campground from Pine Canyon Road due to a road closure off of Old Ridge Route / Quail Lake Road.

Other Campsites Within 20 Miles Radius

Associated Documents

Angeles National Forest Order 05-01-22-09, Occupancy rules, maximum camping limits, (eff: December 16, 2022, term: December 15, 2024)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Angeles National Forest, Back, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2019)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Angeles National Forest, Front, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2019)

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