Trails reopened to off-road vehicles

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Off-road vehicle trails in Bouquet and San Francisquito canyons closed for nearly a year due to storm damage have reopened, U.S. Forest Service officials said, just in time to weather another storm. The three routes – Drinkwater Canyon Road, Course Gold Road and Quarry Road – opened to off-highway vehicles such as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles last week, officials said. The roads, which connect to the Rowher Flat OHV Area, have been closed since February following last year’s torrential rains. “Repairs have now been made, and we’re glad to be able to reopen this popular area for the public,” said Cid Morgan, ranger for the forest’s Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers district. The roadways north of Saugus appeared to have survived last weekend’s downpour, which dropped between one-half to nearly 4 inches of rain on the Angeles National Forest, and up to 5 inches of snow in the mountains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “If we get heavy rains, we’ll go back and assess further,” said Diane McCombs, the district’s recreation officer. “But so far, it’s open.” Rocks and debris covered some forest roads, including one leading into the Switzers Picnic Area at the Angeles Crest Highway, but there were no confirmed reports of serious damage. “It’s a very steep road with lots of switchbacks,” Florea said. “It’s covered with rocks and debris when we get heavy rains. But it’s nothing on the level of a year ago.” A report that Maxwell fire road near Lake Hughes was washed away was being investigated, Florea said. The rainstorm likely reduced fire danger levels in the 650,000-acre forest – it has been set at “very high” due to high winds, Florea said. The forest service will likely wait a few days to assess the storm’s effects, and for the water to circulate through the plants. “After there’s rainfall, the moisture level doesn’t go up immediately,” he said. “But likely, that’s going to change.” Meantime, Angeles National Forest has dispatched three fire support personnel to Texas, where grass fires have charred more than 200,000 acres, destroyed 250 homes and killed three people. “We could be sending more depending on what happens in the situation,” Florea said. “They’re still seeing quite a bit of activity.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more