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FS Shield Rules for using the Adventure Pass to park in the Angeles National Forest have changed over the years and have been complicated. Before heading out on a hike in the Angeles, check the official Adventure Pass webpage to find out for sure if you need to display an Adventure Pass to park at your trailhead.
Trailhead Icon Note that on the interactive map, an icon for the trailhead could be 1,000 feet or more from where the trailhead actually is.

National Forest Adventure Pass
And you will need to click on another link or two once you get there to find all the information, such as the fees.

Background
In 1996 the U.S. Forest Service established the Adventure Pass program that charged visitors to park in most places throughout the National Forest. In spite of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court ruling (February 9, 2012) that the federal government went too far in charging for forest access, the FS continued to require the pass to be used.

As of September 2016, the Recreation Enhancement Act, required the Adventure Pass to be used only in sites that provide designated developed parking, picnic tables, toilet facilities, security, interpretive signs, and trash receptacles. Visitors do not have to display a recreation pass if they park outside these sites. Thus, trailheads for many of the hikes throughout the Angeles National Forest no longer require a pass. The link above provides an interactive map showing which sites require a pass.

Why This Page?
For years on the pages for various hikes on Danís Hiking Pages, I had provided a link to the Forest Service Adventure Pass page. But I got tired of the FS changing the link to their web page. It was like playing Whack-a-mole to keep all my pages current. So finally I created this page as the sole location on my website with the Adventure Pass link. Unfortunately, I canít guarantee the understandability and functionality once you get there.

Angeles National Forest Home Page


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