National Forest Foundation

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Blog Contest

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Blog Contest

The contest will highlight the recreation opportunities and community connections on the Monument as well as feature local voices in Southern California.

We invite bloggers to write about the following for the 2018 contest:

What is your connection to the trails of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?

Share a story or experience you have had on a trail on the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. 

Have fun with the post! We want to help spread the word about the amazing opportunities on the Monument.


Deadline: Friday, August 31

Length: 750 words or less; minimum 3 photos





One entrant will randomly be selected to win a limited-edition National Forest Foundation hammock by Grand Trunk.


Employees of the National Forest Foundation will judge the contest. Submissions will be judged on the quality of style and prose as well as relevance to topic and theme of the contest. 

Click here to read the contest rules.

>>>Click here to submit your blog contest entry.



2017 First Place - "Mountain Bloodline: The San Gabriels" by Bryn Barabas Potter

2016 First Place - "Slowing Down: My First Sunset in the San Gabriel Mountains" by Michelle Chan

2016 Second Place - "Born Out of My Firsts" by Monica Curiel

2015 First Place - "Car Window Mountains" by Amy Wong


The San Gabriel Mountains are important to Southern California as they contain 70 percent of the open space in Los Angeles County and provide residents with more than one-third of the county’s drinking water.

The Angeles National Forest is one of the busiest and most urban in the nation with three million annual visitors and proximity to more than 17 million residents of greater Los Angeles. The Forest brings in more than $60 million a year in local visitor spending which is forecasted to increase with the new designation.

Click here to learn more about the NFF's work on the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.