Jan 12th 2019 Trail Fire Closures Update for the Santa Monica Mountains

(The original post from January 4th was updated on January 12th when the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) opened most of their open space areas.)

South of the 101 Freeway, the Woolsey Fire completely decimated most of the open space between Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road on the east and Point Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon) on the west. North of the 101, most of the open space south of Simi Valley and between Valley Circle on the east and Erbes Road to the west was destroyed.

With the recent rains, the regeneration process has begun and new growth can be seen on the burned hillsides.

Nevertheless, many of the trails are still closed until they are assessed for damage, and repaired as necessary. In addition, heavy rains my result in mudslides that may damage sections of the trail that survived the fire.

The good news is that many of the trails are now open to use. The bad news is that during the Federal Government partial shutdown, the National Park Service is not able to work on their trails, prolonging the time that they will be closed.

The following list is not exhaustive – there are many smaller trails not listed that may be open or closed. If you see that a trail is marked as closed or cordoned off, please stay off it.

Areas that are open

Areas that are still closed

  • The entire Backbone Trail between Malibu Creek State Park and Point Mugu State Park. This includes the popular sections
    • Encinal Canyon Road to the Mishe Mokwa trailhead
    • Trancas Canyon (Encinal Canyon Rd to Zuma Ridge Motorway)
    • Kanan Road west to Zuma Ridge Motorway
    • Kanan Road east to Corral Canyon Rd
  • Zuma Ridge Motorway
  • Charmlee Wilderness Park

For your own safety and to protect the plants and creatures that live in the open space, please stay off closed trails completely, and where the trails are open to use, please stay on the trails!

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