During the cool winter months, trails require downtime to dry out after rainfall, which could close trails for a few days following a storm. While many trails might appear dry at the trailhead, there are likely to be sections of the trail that collect moisture and remain muddy. It is important that visitors stay off the trails during this time and allow for the dirt to dry out completely, to ensure the longevity for public use and public safety. Ignoring closures could result in dangerous situations for nature enthusiasts, as well as park rangers and first responders.
After each rainfall, landowners and park rangers assess trail conditions to ensure they are safe for public use. Once the trails have been deemed safe, they will be reopened and activities will resume. Visitors can do their part to help reduce damage to trails by avoiding muddy areas. Even after trails have been reopened, be sure to check for signs about trail conditions. Some trails may only be open for foot traffic, but not mountain biking or equestrians. Tire tracks and horse hooves can leave more dramatic impressions on a wet trail.
We appreciate your patience as we evaluate closed trails during this time! To find out whether local trails are open or closed, visit the Alerts Page on OCParks.com for updates. The Alerts Page provides the most up-to-date information about trail conditions from park rangers as they close and open trails. More information about trails and activities on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks can be found at LetsGoOutside.org.