The Angeles National Forest temporarily shut down portions of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Los Angeles Gateway Ranger District, effective Friday.
The closure, which will continue through July 1, includes four formal trailheads and 23 informal trail access points, resulting in a larger closure of 23 trails and 19 roads, said Nathan Judy of the U.S. Forest Service.
The closure was ordered for local compliance with “current federal, state, and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its visitors, volunteers and employees,” Judy said in a statement. “In total, this results in closure of 81.5 miles of trail — out of 760 open miles — and 54.5 miles of road.”
The closure does not restrict people from walking onto all National Forest System land, but does restrict access to roughly 40,000 out of 700,000 acres, Judy said.
The Forest Order, maps of the affected areas, and a full release that identifies all areas can be viewed online at www.fs.usda.gov/angeles.
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