As the public regains access to a huge swath of the fire-damaged Angeles National Forest, officials say attention will now focus on areas that are more difficult to rehabilitate.
Forest supervisors reopened 41,000 acres to the public over Memorial Day weekend, but some 46,000 acres remain off limits, three years after the Station fire ripped across the mountain range.
At a meeting last week, officials said they hope to open another large chunk of land later this year.
“We’ve been focusing on lower-hanging fruit...and haven’t been up [there],” said Mike McIntyre, a ranger on the Los Angeles River District and former Angeles National Forest archaeologist. “We need to get up there to do inventory of the trail.”
The land that was reopened — mostly south of the Big Tujunga Dam — includes the Stone Canyon Trail, Trail Canyon Trail and the Delta Flat recreation areas.
The Arroyo Seco Canyon above Jet Propulsion Laboratory remains closed.