SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mountain bike advocates and land managers on Sunday will celebrate the reopening of one of the region’s most popular mountain biking and hiking trails, the Gabriel National Recreation Trail through the Arroyo Seco canyon. The trail was destroyed in 2009 in El Niño-fueled flooding that followed the ferocious Station Fire in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
After a lengthy environmental review, restoration work on the 4-mile section of the 26-mile trail began in late 2017, with six volunteer chainsaw operators clearing downed trees to restore the trail corridor. The Mount Wilson Bicycling Association (MWBA) led monthly volunteer work days from November to July. Local retailers including Pasadena Cyclery, Incycle Bicycles, Golden Saddle Cyclery and Montrose Cyclery sponsored work days.
Advocacy group the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) secured grants from REI and Southern California Edison to hire trail builders Belfree Contractors to conduct technical work on the trail, but the majority of the trail work was done by more than 100 volunteers over 283 work days, CORBA stated. Trail closure signs were removed last week by volunteers and officials from the U.S. Forest Service.
A mile-long section of the trail has been …read more