Bobcat Fire Trail Restoration

Bobcat Fire Trail Restoration

Current Status

January 2023 Lowelifes has been restoring Silver Moccasin NRT from West Fork north towards Shortcut Saddle, as well as the full length of Kenyon Devore trail. While the recent mega rainfall has set back some of our progress, we will be forging ahead on restoring these trails thru the end of winter 2023. The map below shows exact trail sections that have been worked so far.

The USFS has scheduled this area of the Angeles National Forest to reopen to the public in April 2023.


Bobcat Fire Trail Restoration Hours To-Date

Hardhat and chainsaw.

Having completed the restoration of Condor Peak Trail, Lowelifes is now restoring trails burned in the 2020 Bobcat Fire.

Photo by Brian Vernor

Project Map

Latest Bobcat Fire Restoration Articles

  • Bobcat Fire Closure Order Partially Lifted
    On June 1, 2023, the Angeles National Forest updated their Bobcat Fire Closure order with a reduced footprint. For the last year, Lowelifes Respectable Citizens’ […]
  • NWSA National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding: Project Narrative
    Project description Lowelifes was awarded this grant in 2022 for post-fire restoration of 11W06 Silver Moccasin National Recreation Trail “Shortcut Canyon” segment from Shortcut Saddle […]
  • End of Summer 2022 News
    Summer is over and the weather is finally cooling off. The heat didn’t stop us but it definitely slowed down Lowelifes’ work. The warm season […]
  • Summer Bobcat Update
    We are just a little over a week out from hosting our fifth campout working trails within the Bobcat Closure area of the West Fork […]
  • Into the Bobcat… March 12-13
    With light visible at the end of the Condor tunnel, we were excited to make a bigger push on our other projects. Before the New […]
  • Bobcat Fire Closures
    As of November 2020, the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest is extinguished. However, the fire has devastated sections of the San Gabriels that […]

Project & Fire Background

In September of 2020, the Bobcat Fire exploded in the Angeles National Forest. Spanning three months and 115,796 acres, the fire heavily impacted popular areas in the forest like West Fork San Gabriel River and Chantry Flat. The landscape will forever be changed and it is our mission to restore and rebuild.

Favorite trails like Gabrielino and Silver Moccasin National Recreation Trails are among those damaged. During the restoration process, we will have the opportunity to improve the trail in a number of ways. Improved user experience, sustainability, and resilience to wildfire are some of the key goals of the restoration process. The goal is to restore the trails so they are better than before the fire. More resilient, more sustainable, and more innovative than before!