Wrightwood is located in a pine-covered valley in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Wrightwood area was first developed as cattle ranches in the 19th century. 

Later, the main ranch, owned by Sumner Wright, was broken up into residential and commercial lots, and by the 1920s a community had taken root. Wrightwood is known for its snow-play and Mt. High Ski resort.  When the weather warms up the area is great for biking and hiking with the Pacific Coast Trail running through the mountains.  Once highways were built connecting to the major routes in the Cajon Pass, making Wrightwood accessible without serious mountain driving.