Effective today, the National Park Service is re-opening some trails in the Springs Fire Burn Area.

Most trails in the small Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa unit just north of Point Mugu State Park have re-opened, although they are currently only open from sunrise to sunset. Portions of the Satwiwa Loop Trail are closed, although hikers can reach the Hidden Valley Overlook. (PDF).

The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak is now re-opened to hikers, although the Backbone Trail west of the Point Mugu State Park boundary is closed.

All trails inside Point Mugu State Park, including Sycamore Canyon, remain closed and off-limits to hikers, although Thornhill Broome, Sycamore Cove, and Mugu Beaches are open and accessible.

I’ve updated the Fire Closure page and the Trail Maps.

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on May 14, 2013


  • Kristin Sabo says:

    erm… Wow Clay.

    That’s a lot of hate for individuals and agencies who are simply trying to do their job. Do you have a job? Only asking because if you do have a job, I assume you do your job. Like the Rangers and agency professionals will be doing their job.

    Hopefully for you, my scofflaw friend, you will never require the assistance of any of these ‘slobs’ or ‘pigs’. But then, Karma has a funny way of creeping in when you don’t expect it. Just sayin’.

    Peace out.

  • Clay says:

    I have been running competitively and hiking in these mountains since I was nine-years-old (39 years) and don’t need a slob ranger or some other pig in a uniform to rescue me for any reason ever. If I were injured here this is where I would stay rather than being euthanized like a dog for profit in a hospital like the rest of you rule-abiding, weak, capitalist bastards.

    • Clay,

      1. Calm down.
      2. One of the reasons they close trails during and after a fire is not for your safety, but for the safety of the land. A burned landscape is incredibly fragile and even well-meaning hikers may cause excessive erosion or accidentally bring in invasive species. The slob rangers you bravely denigrate on the internet are too underfunded and understaffed to give these burned areas the attention they need – and that tough repair work often falls to citizen volunteers. Sometimes those rules are for the good of those who will be enjoying the area long after we’re gone, not for those who may be temporarily inconvenienced by them in the present.

  • Lifetime Walker says:


    Yeah, fuck the earth! We’d all love to pay the taxes to rescue people who disregard safety closures. Happy to oblige.

  • Clay says:

    For those of you who don’t recognize authority in any form, it is satisfying to know that the closure couldn’t be effectively enforced and individuals such as myself have been hiking in this part of the Santa Monica Mountains the entire time the area was designated off-limits to hikers.

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