The U.S. Forest Service has announced a one-year closure of portions of the San Jacinto Ranger District. The closed areas were severely damaged from the Mountain Fire this summer. [See map, page 3.]
Trails originating at Saddle Junction and going to the eastern boundary of the district, such as Laws Camp and Caramba, are closed. The Pacific Crest Trail from its intersection with the district and the southern boundary of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park Wilderness south to just north of Pyramid Peak in Garner Valley also is closed.
Mountain bike and hiking trails in May Valley are mostly closed, too.
During the next year, the Forest Service will be repairing trails and eliminating hazards such as loose boulders and trees because they endanger trail users, said District Ranger Arturo Delgado.
Forest Supervisor Judy Noiron signed the closure order on Nov. 12 and it is in effect through Nov. 14, 2014.
J.P. Crumrine can be reached at [email protected].