Good news for those of us who love parks (and who enjoy hiking somewhere not affected by the ongoing federal shutdown) – 9 new parks have re-opened in the Santa Monica Mountains.

All the parks are managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and were previously closed due to the Woolsey Fire, which tore through the Santa Monica Mountains in late 2018 and eventually damaged the vast majority of parkland in the National Recreation Area.

The parks that are re-opened as of Friday, January 11th are:

Two parks managed by the MRCA remain closed — Escondido Canyon Park and Charmlee Wilderness Park.

The MRCA is also maintaining a Google Doc of ALL the parks in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with their access status, which is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to hike in the Santa Monicas.

The group and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy also released these three PSA / images encouraging visitors to exercise care and caution on the burned landscape. Although the terrain may look barren, there’s a LOT of regrowth and recovery going on right now, so please follow the rules and stick to established trails in these parks so we can get some killer wildflower shows later this spring. 

This is a great opportunity to experience the fire recovery in chaparral and sage scrub for local hikers, similar to the quick re-opening of Point Mugu State Park after the 2013 Springs Fire. We recommend hiking the same trail over the next few months to watch how the landscape bounces back from the Woolsey Fire — and downloading the iNaturalist app to observe the plants and animals you see.

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4 Comments

Casey Schreiner Jan 13, 2019 08:01In reply to: Jason

Weird. This info is directly from the MRCA. They posted on all their social media before the weekend and updated their Google doc of open parks -- says the Sara Wan Trailhead is open as of the 11th.

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Jason Jan 13, 2019 01:01

Not sure where this info is from but I hiked the Corral Canyon Loop from the Sara Wan trailhead today and (despite the lack of signs saying so) when I was done a ranger told me the trail was still closed. He let me slide but said he could have given me a $175 ticket.

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That John Guy Jan 11, 2019 17:01

YAYYYYY!!!! I wish Solstice Canyon was open... it should be awesome after next weeks rain!!!

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