Portions of Angeles National Forest Reopen
Rangers today (May 16) reopened portions of the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles that had been closed since the massive 2009 Station Fire.
The reopening of about 98,000 acres will take place in the forest's northern, southern and eastern areas. It means that public recreational opportunities including hiking, picnicking and camping will be widely available in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the Pasadena Star-News reported.
According to the Forest Service, over 100 miles of hiking trails are being reopened as well as popular campgrounds. Specific areas include Indian Canyon Trailhead, Charlton Flat Picnic Area, Gould Mesa Campground, Bear Canyon Trail, Paul Little Picnic Area, Mill Creek Summit Picnic Area, Silver Moccasin Trail, Nature's Canteen Trail, Sunset Ridge Trail, and the entire San Gabriel Wilderness area. The portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that runs through the forest will reopen as well, with some minor reroutes.
The remaining portion of the burned area that is primarily within Big Tujunga Canyon will remain closed until further notice, as it requires additional recovery time, according to a press release issued by the Forest Service. This area was recently designated a "Treasured Landscape" by the National Forest Foundation and efforts are underway to allow for species recovery and implementing sustainable recreational opportunities.