Western Santa Monica Mountains Trails Re-Open Following Springs Fire

Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 11:12:00 AM

Mirror Staff

This overlook of Upper Sycamore Canyon, at the boundary of California State Parks and National Park Service land, re-opened Tuesday morning.
Photo Courtesy Of National Park Service
This overlook of Upper Sycamore Canyon, at the boundary of California State Parks and National Park Service land, re-opened Tuesday morning.

Now that the 24,000-acre Camarillo Springs fire is officially controlled, the National Park Service began to re-open trails on the western side of the Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday, but with some restrictions.  

Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park will partially re-open, but some trails will remain off-limits and the park will close from sunset to sunrise.

Due to ongoing safety concerns and trail damage, visitors won't be able to travel into Sycamore Canyon, but will be able to reach the overlook at the boundary with Point Mugu State Park.  

The Sandstone Peak and Mishe Mokwa trailheads will also re-open, as will the Backbone Trail east of the Point Mugu State Park boundary.

California State Parks land sustained severe fire damage and all back country trails in the area remain closed.

Visitors are encouraged to help nature recover from the fire by respecting trail closures and staying on the trail in areas that are open.

Foot and bike traffic tramples sensitive soil, vegetation, burrows and nests.

Park officials estimate 70 percent of Rancho Sierra Vista's 1170 acres burned during the fire, though the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and all other structures were protected.  

More information is available at 805.370.2301 or www.nps.gov/samo.

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