The Angeles National Forest, which has been closed since the 2020 Bobcat Fire, will reopen Friday.
The fire destroyed approximately 115,000 acres of forest, but it resulted in the closure of 143,000 acres of national forest for public safety and natural resource restoration efforts.
On Friday, approximately 60% of the area (86,000 acres) will be reopened to the public. The areas that will be made available again are located along the Angeles Crest Highway east from Shortcut Saddle. They include Mount Waterman, Islip Peak Trail and Dawson Saddle Trail, Cloudburst Summit as well as Charlton Picnic Area, Devil’s Canyon Trail and Cloudburst Summit.
Buckhorn Campground was due to reopen but forest officials stated Thursday that the area would remain closed because of snow.
“We know the public is anxious to revisit their favorite places in the forest and monument and appreciate the public’s patience with the expiring closure order while we sought to ensure public safety and natural resource protection since the Bobcat Fire,” Tom Torres, acting forest supervisor of the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, said in a statement. We ask that visitors continue to be cautious and to use their public lands responsibly.
Forest officials advised people to wear hiking boots and not attempt to cross major sections of trails or landslide areas. People should also be aware of dead trees that might fall.
Areas that are still closed to visitors should be avoided. Forest officials stated that some areas could be closed for many years due to safety issues and restoration efforts.
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