The Pacific storm that rolled in late last week brought much needed rain to the Big Santa Anita Canyon and the rest of the San Gabriel mountains. Along with the rain came high winds that raked canyons and ridge tops, blowing down lots of drought stressed trees. My wife and I were hiking in this last Friday evening when we stumbled across five fallen alders, all parallel to one another and completely blocking the trail. The location is the stream side wide spot of the Gabrielino Trail between Roberts’ Camp and Fern Lodge Junction, right where the dirt road ends at cabin#26.
All the hiking trails that radiate out of Chantry Flats are for the most part maintained by volunteers, with the exception of the occasional U.S. Forest Service fire crew. These trees were cut out of the way by local cabin owners and Forest Service volunteers. Hopefully, more storms are on their way. We received 2.78″ of rain at Fern Lodge, bringing the canyon up to nearly 6 inches of rain for December.