Angelus Oaks

Angelus Oaks is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, United States, and has a population of 190 as of 2010, down from an estimated population of 535 in 2000. It is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest and located northeast of Redlands on California State Route 38.

Angelus Oaks was initially called Camp Angelus. In 1849 there was a big gold strike in Holcomb Valley near the town of Big Bear. The only way to get supplies in and the gold out was by mule trains. In the late 1870s, cattle rustlers, operating out of San Bernardino, would bring their stolen herds up to Angelus Oaks to hide them. Due to the configuration of the opening of the mountain down by the Ranger Station, the opening to the canyon was not visible to posses passing by searching for the stolen herds.

Today, its downtown consists of a general store, a gas station, a restaurant, a post office, a real estate office, and a sheriff’s office. Within the town are two commercial lodges for overnight visitors. Angelus Oaks is now a favorite to bicyclists due to its proximity to the Santa Ana River Trail (S.A.R.T.) which is renowned for its grandeur and challenge. For hikers, Angelus Oaks offers the San Bernardino Peak Hiking Trail and the Vivian Creek Trail. There are also other less vigorous trails situated throughout the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The Angelus Oaks Lodge offers a great overnight and staging area for bikers and hikers wishing to get an early morning start.