Rain causes road closures in Los Padres National Forest

Recent rainstorms have forced road and trail closures in the Pozo-La Panza area as well as other parts of the Los Padres National Forest, according to the Santa Lucia Ranger District.

Many roads and trails in Pozo-La Panza, Rockfront and Colson/LaBrea areas are subject to serious damage if used during periods of “moisture saturation,” according to a district press release.

“These roads and trails will be reopened when they dry to a sufficient level to sustain use, and remain subject to re-closure if additional precipitation occurs,” the district said.

The district closes roads to protect the environment as well as to maintain safety. While many of the trails are used primarily by drivers of off-highway vehicles, others attract horseback riders.

The roads and certain trails will remain open to foot traffic for hunting and recreational hiking, according to Santa Lucia District Ranger Kathleen Phelps.

For information, contract the district prior to visiting a particular location. The local Forest Service number is (805) 925-9538.

For additional information, go to the Los Padres National Forest website at www.usda.gov/lpnf.