Bobcat Fire: End of the AC100?

USFS Bobcat Fire Closure Map

As of October 7, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. Mandatory evacuations for the Bobcat fire burning in the Angeles National Forest have been downgraded to warnings, the U.S. Forest Service said. ... The fire has burned 115,769 acres and was 89% contained as of Tuesday, Oct. 6. [Mercury News]

The course is charred from Chilao thru Chantry, then up and over Mt Wilson [prevented from incinerating the telescope complex] to Idle Hour, and down to Sierra Madre. In short, a shit ton of burn.

Winter will bring mudslides and more downed trees on trail washouts. Those familiar with the course know that in many places the trails are 'notional', ie stapled to the side of the slope in the best of times.

Now that the manzanita has burned off, be prepared to welcome The Purple Poodle Dog Bush [Eriodictyon parryi], which is a native recovery species. For those not familiar with it, it makes poison oak seem like a bad coffee date.

This is the likely end of the Angeles Crest 100. Whether or not Ken Hamada or the race will wait two, maybe three years to resume is an open question.


Jay Anderson said…
I hate to admit it but you probably are correct Señor Trail Safety. I love the race because it is so tough. All things pass away with time, good or bad.

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