Hike to the Cooper Canyon Trail Camp



5 miles

Elevation Gain

-765 ft

Route Type


Added by Charlie Jasper

This trail camp lies on the Pacific Crest Trail, near a small stream that feeds Cooper Falls. It's a good walk in (and very interesting if you take a wrong turn).

There's a small parking lot just below Cloudburst Summit on the way to Waterman Mountain. Start your adventure there. I'd be hard pressed to say it's more than 15 yards from the sign for the summit (7018' AMSL).

There's a fire road, if you're newer to altitude and don't know how to read a map (or even if you do but you get confused), stick to that. If you get altitude sick at all (even woozy on an airplane) just...work your way up to this.

Or feed your wild side and go up the trail immediately to your left and take advantage of some of the most impressive vistas of Los Angeles County. As you make your way downhill you'll begin to smell the stream. You won't see it, it's too small, but you'll walk out of the long-leaf pines and into other firs, red alders, and cedars (watch out, there's some poison oak, but not much).

As you walk down the fire road, you'll see various well-maintained trails coming in and out, part of the PCT. You can take them for the extra challenge, but if you're hungry or have to go to the bathroom (there's a vault on site), keep on trucking.

You'll see a myriad of birds and small mammals, a lot of lizards, too. If you're lucky you may see something larger (hopefully from a ways off, especially if it's a predator). As you roll into the campground/picnic area, take a look around and make sure you're in the clear. There's plenty of dry grass, sticks, and wood in the area - usually - that you can use to build your fire in the pit. The pits have adjustable grates on top, but there are also stoves in the area.

They are not trashcans (in the picture up top, where I'm carrying a trash-bag, half that trash is not ours). Burn anything paper or organic. If it's plastic or gross and you can't burn it, and you forgot a trash-bag, carry it out. I don't know how often the grounds are cleaned by a sanitation crew or volunteers.

If you're low on water, stock up at the stream. Just filter it and purify it chemically or through boiling.

Camp overnight for fun, as part of your adventure on the trail, or just come back up. It's a beautiful area, and after the a certain point you don't hear the cars and motorcycles on the highway, so you're really nowhere.

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