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How To Enjoy The Angeles National Forest For FREE Saturday

Angeles National Forest (Photo by Matt M via the LAist Featured Photos pool)
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If you needed some encouragement to get into the Angeles National Forest, tomorrow is the day: you can hike for FREE.

Typically, you have to purchase a National Forest Adventure Pass to enjoy the wilderness in our backyards, but the National Forest Service is waiving those fees for National Get Outdoors Day. (The Forest Service also does this on National Public Lands Day September 28 and Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11.)

Here are some of our favorite hikes to try out if you need some help narrowing down exactly where you'd like to go in the massive forest:
Nature, History and Adventure: Hike On The Bridge To Nowhere
Mt. Disappointment: A Hike With A View That's Anything But
Nobody Hikes in L.A.: Falls Creek Falls Is So Nice They Named It Twice

If you're going on your own, don't forget to bring plenty of water, layers and sunscreen. Know your limits when you go up against Mother Nature (watch out in particular for the deadly hike to the falls at Eaton Canyon). Don't rely on your cell phone for a map since that can lose its signal deep in the wilderness or lose its charge if things really get hairy.

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If you're in a giving mood, you can also help to volunteer to beautify the forest during Operation Super Canyon Sweep 2013. We got a release with all the details:

Those interested should meet at the San Gabriel Canyon Off Highway Vehicle Area on San Gabriel Canyon (Highway 39) about 2 miles north of San Gabriel Reservoir at 8 a.m.

Volunteers will then be bused to various points to clean up about 15 miles of streambed along the North Fork, West Fork and East Fork areas. Lunch, bottled water, suntan lotion and trash bags will be provided. The cleanup will last until 3 p.m.

National Get Outdoors Day started in 2008, because studies show that we are all getting fat children spend less time outdoors than they did 20 years ago.