In the recent posting about today’s Grand Re-Opening of parts of the Angeles National Forest, a few helpful readers posted additional information that is definitely worth repeating in a full post.

Charlie from the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association posted a comprehensive list of the specific trails that have re-opened, as well as the trails which remain closed until further notice.

As a reminder, I will also save the most updated fire closure information on a dedicated page here on Modern Hiker as well, along with a rough Google Map of the closure area just in case the USFS version ever comes offline.

Brown Mountain (to the saddle)
El Prieto
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 Mountain (road access only)
Silver Mocassin (a section near Charlton Flats has been re-routed to the road)
Shortcut Canyon
Valley Forge
Mt. Lukens road (once the highway opens)
Earl Canyon
Haines Canyon
Doc Larsen
Everything east of Chilao

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
Stone Canyon
Condor Peak Trail
Trail Canyon
Alder Creek
Colby Canyon
Mueller Tunnel

Andrew Fish, Non-Motorized Trail Program Manager of the Angeles National Forest, also had some further clarifications:

-The Santa Clara Divide Road (3N17) is open only to non-motorized traffic.

-The Angeles received money from the Federal Highway Administration to repair the Mueller Tunnel. Hopefully, it will be open by the end of the year. No promises, though.

-Switzers remains closed because the contractor rebuilding it is putting in the finishing touches and then the Forest Service will have to accept it from him. Last I heard, it will open this summer, though. Once again, no promises.

-The Pacific Crest Trail through the burn area is open with one exception- the stretch between Mill Creek Summit and Mt. Pacifico Road.

You should also pay attention to what the message above says about the conditions of the trails. Many have been substantially altered by the Station Fire. Throughout the forest on the trails that are re-opening you’ll see bright yellow signs posted at the beginning that warn you of the potential issues that may encounter in a burn area. Take the time to read them and even more importantly, pay attention to them.

If you want more information or want to learn more before you go, I recommend that you call the Los Angeles River Ranger District office- 818 899 1900.

Andrew also mentioned that volunteer reconstruction efforts will continue throughout the summer on many of these newly-opened areas. I will try to make sure I get the word out about as many as I can and hope to attend a few this summer as well. If you can lend a helping hand, please do!

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on May 16, 2011


  • Hank Foshee says:

    Ref: Tijunga Canyon

    I drove up to the Vogel Flats (Fox Peak -condor Peak) trail and noticed that the No Parking signs were limited to, the road sides and not the turn outs. Also, the Park off Doske Road was open with a posting that it was open daily from 8AM to Dusk.

    Does any of my observation mean there are trail openings off Tijunga Canyon Road now?

  • AG says:

    Amen bro. I think you meant to say pollution, not population. I was there. Same crap. The signs both confuse and straight lie to your face. DOT has the mathematic proficiency of a 3-year old. Your tax $ hard at working against you. At least PCT thru hikers will get to enjoy walking in the middle of the asphalt on ACH. Now that I think of it, how do trail angels get to them? Well they can’t. Hell, this is bad. Someone needs to get axed for this epic botch. Well at least the road is open to Newcomb Ranch so all them 7000 daily air & noise pollution generating motor bikers can stand around and chug their beer. This brings them money, so they conveniently open it up through here. Hikers do not, so they care not about your accessibility to them trails. Make no mistake, your Forest Adventure pass money goes to road work. You have the right to have access.

  • Chenendez says:

    What good are open trails when Department of Transportation is the most poorly managed agency in the state? Answer: not very. As of 5/30/11, Angeles Crest Hwy has a nice big bright orange sign coming in from the west stating that the Hwy is open to Hwy 39. What’s the problem here? It’s not. They lied. Later, much much later, another sign says, Hwy will be closed in 24 miles. But they lie again. Before the 24 miles is up, actually, more like 10 miles later, ROAD CLOSURE. Why do they continue to deceive motorists? There is no mention of this on Caltrans/DOT website. It has been over 2 weeks and the scrubs can’t manage to update the WWW. This is why LA has the worse population in the country.

  • Trail Guy says:

    Glad to hear that parts of the ANF are starting to open back up. I was pretty bummed out when I heard about the fire.

    Here in Washington State, we’ve been fighting to keep the trails open on state managed lands given the significant budget shortfall this year and was wondering if you’re seeing any closures in California related to budget issues. Know of anything like that?

    • Modern Hiker says:

      Trail Guy, our State Parks are under a nearly constant threat of closure and cutbacks. The State just closed 70 parks – most of which were historic parks, but did include a few popular hiking areas, too. We’re currently trying to figure out a way for non-profits and volunteer groups to help take over some of the responsibilities of the rangers to help keep some of them open, but it’s going to be an uphill battle.

  • Chenendez says:

    Be aware that there could still be unannounced and “gee even I didn’t know it was closed” parts of ACH. Such was the case on 5/21. Was closed 3 miles west of Waterman Ski. Even though a sign 10’s of miles back clearly stated the hwy was open to the ski area. Why did they say it was open only to deny you at the last few miles? Was not part of DOT website closure notices. And the fire agent I talked to had no idea it was closed. Due to this incompetence, we all had to suffer from unnecessary pollution generated from thousands of miles of motorists driving in deep only to turn around. Let Scary Jerry Brown and fellow bureaucrats know you will not tolerate this.

  • Tim says:

    Anyone have any suggestions for a 1 or 2 night backpacking trip in the San Gabriels for this time of year?

    thanks in advance!

  • Andrew says:


    Yes. Though the ACH is open between Clear Creek and Red Box now.

  • Barbara S says:

    OK, if the Angeles Crest Highway is still closed at Altadena, do you have to access ANF through the Tujunga road?

  • Greg says:

    Great news! Was up at Sunset Ridge a few weeks ago and it looked like it was in pretty good shape. Waterfall should be unreal right now!

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