Along with the loss of life and property caused by 2017’s Thomas Fire, there is also considerable damage to the region’s front country trails. Thomas Fire Trail Closures are still unknown because the fire is still active and all trail access within the perimeter is suspended (with heavy fines for violating).
According to the Los Padres Forest Trails Association over 127 miles of trails and 100 miles of forest roads have been damaged. Some of these trails could be closed for years. The full extent of the damage won’t be known until crews can get into the area and survey trail conditions.
When the surveys are complete then sites like Hike Los Padres will be updated. But until the fire is out and the surveys start pouring in, don’t assume that any of these trails are open.
To get the latest info on trail conditions in the Santa Barbara area visit Ray Ford’s Noozhawk column.
To see the area considered closed to access you can view the Forest Service Thomas fire closure map (shown above).