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Jackson Lake,  west of Big Pines
Jackson Lake, west of Big Pines
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Flag of Los Angeles County, California.png Los Angeles
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 760/442

Big Pines is an unincorporated community in Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is in the Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains.


The community is located in the Swarthout Valley, which was first settled in 1851. It is bordered on the east by the San Bernardino County line and the town of Wrightwood.

It is the highest elevation settlement located on the San Andreas Fault.


Big Pines began as a year-round recreation area built by Los Angeles County in 1924. It is a popular ski area close to Los Angeles, as it has a history of significant snowfall, even as late as May.

The Mountain High Ski Resort is located in Big Pines.

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