Posted by: GeekHiker | May 23, 2007

BACKPACK: Cooper Canyon

As I described yesterday, Cooper Canyon Falls is a pleasant day hike in the Angeles National Forest.  One can add a little more fun to the trip by turning it into an easy backpack.

For the backpack, simply follow the trail as described below to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.  Turn left and cross the creek.  The trail will swing back west and you’ll start ascending Cooper Canyon.  After 1.1 miles (and 400 feet of elevation gain) you’ll arrive at Cooper Canyon Campground.

Cooper Canyon Campground has a vault toilet, picnic tables, fire grates and lots of room for tents.  It’s generally quiet, unless the Boy Scouts have backpacked in for the weekend, and surrounded by tall trees.  Water is available in the little creek, though that may run dry by the fall.

If you go, be sure to check fire conditions.  Depending on the level of fire danger in the forest (especially during this dry year), fires may or may not be allowed.

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