When's it Safe to Hike?

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Does anyone have any thoughts on when we might be able to safely hike our trails again? With so much ash from the Thomas fire, we're wondering how long it will be before it's safe to hike. Thanks!

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Flicka Dec 29, 2017 10:48 AM
When's it Safe to Hike?

The Franklin Trail in Carpinteria seems to be in good shape according to an article in our local weekly "Coastal View". The report is by someone who hiked up. No threats from boulders or trees. The upper area belonging to the Forest Service is apparently closed.

SBCruiser Dec 28, 2017 02:35 PM
When's it Safe to Hike?

Hiked Jesusita over the weekend without issue. Minimal ash could be seen, and no other effects from the fires at all. Aside from the burned trails mentioned by others, no reason to not get back out there!

John Wiley Dec 28, 2017 11:04 AM
When's it Safe to Hike?

Even in areas well away from where it burned, our entire coastline was smoky yesterday as you can see in one of the pix I put on SBitZ.NET looking from Carp to the West. We were quite surprised, since the air looked clear on the ground. Flicka's mention of ash is something to consider too, since even a small gust of wind can loft it into the air. I've thought about wearing a mask, but that changes a nature hike. Hopefully we'll have even a light rain soon to help with all this.

Artemisia Dec 28, 2017 11:01 AM
When's it Safe to Hike?

Ray Ford had a detailed article in Noozhawk December 20, saying that basically all the front country trails east of Rattlesnake were obliterated by the fire's effects and will be even worse after (if) it rains. Don't plan on hiking Cold Spring, San Ysidro, Romero, or most other front country trails for the foreseeable future. https://www.noozhawk.com/article/ray_ford_thomas_fire_causes_serious_damage_to_frontcountry_trails

sbscout805 Dec 28, 2017 09:40 AM
When's it Safe to Hike?

It's safe to hike anywhere that is open but like others have stated Romero, Cold Springs San Ysidro are closed and likely will be for a significant amount of time. After the Jesusita Fire, which was not as nearly as destructive to the trails as Thomas Fire was, we experienced the Jesusita trail closed for well over 6 months. I would imagine these trails will remain closed well into the Summer months based on dangerous burnt out trees and sketchy boulders waiting to fall once the first rains begin, as well as trails needing to be rebuilt. Once the trails are cleared for rebuilding get involved to help as this will allow them to open sooner.

Red Creek Dec 28, 2017 08:46 AM
When's it Safe to Hike?

Gaviota to West Camino Cielo would be a lot cleaner and greener. Lots of trails in there.

tagdes Dec 28, 2017 08:42 AM
When's it Safe to Hike?

All of them east of Rattlesnake are closed, so it will probably be safe when they open them.

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