Monday, May 16, 2011

Parts of the Angeles Forest Reopen - Today!


Although Hghwway 2 into the Angeles National Forest remains closed, today, two and a half years after the Station Fire, larger portions of the forest and many popular trails will reopen.

A word to the wise: many of the trails may not be in good shape. There may be washed out areas, rock slides, and fallen trees. Many trails will be different and many fire roads have yet to be graded.

Respect any trail closure signs you come across - although these trails are in the newly opened areas of the forest, some individual trails may still be posted as closed. For the sake of forest recovery and for your safety stay off those trails.

A list of the openings:

Brown Mountain (to the saddle)

Gabrielino (JPL to Paul Little)

Gabrielino (Switzers to Redbox to Chantry)

Bear Canyon Trail

Sam Merrill Trail

Castle Canyon Trail

Sunset Ridge Trail

Mt. Lowe West Trail

Idlehour Trail

Kenyon Devore Trail

Rim Trail

Sturtevant Trail

Santa Clara Divide Truck Trail (Dillon Divide to Mt. Gleason to Three Points)

Chilao Loop/Mt. Hillyer

Vetter Road

Silver Mocassin

Shortcut

Valley Forge

Mt. Lukens road (once the highway opens)

Earl Canyon

Haines Canyon

Doc Larsen

What remains closed? In the map above, everything within the blue border line is still closed. This includes:

Strawberry Peak,

Tom Sloan

Dawn Mine

Upper Brown Mountain (Saddle to the Summit/Ken Burton)

Ken Burton

Gabrielino from Switzers to Paul Little

Grizzly Flat

Hoyt

Stone Canyon

Condor Peak Trail

Trail Canyon

Alder Creek

Colby Canyon

Josephine

Mueller Tunnel

I've heard that the parts of the forest have been open for awhile have been very crowded. It will be nice to be able to spread out a little.

More info here: http://arcadia.patch.com/articles/graphic-reopened-areas-of-the-angeles-national-forest-2#photo-6051345

The Forest Service map with zoom capability can be found here:http://maps.fs.fed.us/stationfire/

Be careful and happy hiking!

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