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Rainy weather closes a number of SLO trails, forecast may add to list

Posted at 12:05 AM, Dec 01, 2018

The weather this week has put a damper on plans for some people wanting to hit their favorite trails.

On Friday, the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation announced the closure of six trails.

“We like to keep people safe when they’re out on our trails and we like to keep our natural resources safe at the same time,” said Doug Carscaden, Ranger Service Supervisor.

Lemon Grove Loop on Cerro San Luis, North and South Loop in Johnson Ranch and all of Irish Hills are now closed until further notice.

Carscaden and his crew walk the trails daily, even in the rain, to monitor trail conditions. “So whatever you see at the trailhead is its current conditions,” he said.

As the year winds down and precipitation goes up, Carscaden says people should expect closures to last longer as trails take longer to dry out.

Many people took advantage of the trails still open, including a busy Bob Jones trail.

Avid hiker Rick Shorer took a stroll on the open portion of Cerro San Luis.

He says it is important these closures are adhered to by recreators.

“You don’t want to tear up the trails,” Shorer said. “It takes these guys a lot of work. They’ve invested a lot of money and time to make these trails available to community and we don’t want to harm them.”

If you ignore the closures, you could face a citation. Carscaden says it could land upwards of $560.

For a full list of closures, click here.