Nearby But Isolated Eatery Up For Sale in Mountains East of Pasadena

Published : Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 5:07 AM

Image Courtesy Adams’ Pack Station Website

Image Courtesy Adams’ Pack Station Website

The owners of Adams’ Pack Station, a historic weekend backcountry restaurant in the Angeles National Forest above Pasadena, are selling the iconic property that was founded in 1936 as an outpost for hot meals, mail deliveries, and supplies for tourists and residents at the forest’s sprawling camps and resorts.

Owners Deb and Sue Burgess are selling off the entire property – which includes a home, bunkhouse, barn, donkeys, and fully-equipped restaurant – along with their U.S. Forestry Service operation permit and a license to sell alcohol.

Eater LA says the current asking price is $500,000, quoting Deb Burgess.

Adams’ Pack Station is located at Chantry Flat, the heart of Big Santa Anita Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains, and is one of the most popular and historically-significant spots in the Angeles National Forest.

Since 1936, the station has delivered supplies year-round to a permanent community in the hills that is only accessible by footpath.

The station is the life-blood of 81 antique recreational cabins, plus Sturtevant Camp which was established in 1893.

The owners started operating a general store on their front porch in 1953, which has been a way station for hikers, cyclists, backpackers and families to pick up their Forest Service Adventure Passes, water, and trail mix.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Adams’ Pack Station offers hot, fresh food, and concerts are on every Sunday of the summer, from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Most weekends, people from all over Los Angeles drive up and park at the Pack Station lot to enjoy the cool air and the rustic environment. Even when the Pack Station is closed, visitors to the forest are welcome to park in front of the station and put $5 in the Honor Box, according to the station’s website.

The road to Chantry Flat is open from 6 a.m. up to 8 p.m. Adams’ Pack Station is about 30 minutes by car from Pasadena.

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