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
Kenyon Devore Trail
Santa Clara Divide Truck Trail (Dillon Divide to Mt. Gleason to Three Points)
Chilao Loop/Mt. Hillyer
Mt. Lukens road (once the highway opens)
What remains closed? In the map above, everything within the blue border line is still closed. This includes:
Upper Brown Mountain (Saddle to the Summit/Ken Burton)
Gabrielino from Switzers to Paul Little
Condor Peak Trail
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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