Trail Closures  — Woolsey Fire
As you can see from the map provided by, a wide swath of land was burned in the nearly 100,000 acre fire. NPS trails between Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road and Yerba Buena Road suffered significant damage from the fire and are currently closed. This area includes Nicholas Flats, Circle X, Sandstone Peak, Charmlee Wilderness Park, Arroyo Sequit, Malibu Springs and the Backbone Trail between Las Virgenes and Danielson Ranch. NPS and State Parks have concluded the assessment phase and are now beginning to engage with volunteers to begin the huge task of restoring trails and preparing for the rain. If you love the trails, this should be the year you come out and help us restore them!
NPS SMMNRA: As of December 12, the following locations are open to the public:
  1. Paramount Ranch
  2. Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa
  3. Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons
  4. Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center @ King Gillette Ranch
Some of the biggest obstacle to opening trails: All three Backbone Trail bridges in Trancas and Zuma Canyon are gone, multiple retaining walls gone, large oaks down on various sections (especially Newton Canyon), melted plastic culverts on the Etz Meloy segment, burnt stairs including the Sandstone Peak stairs and lots of debris on many miles of trails.


Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA)
570 West Avenue 26, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Tel: (323) 221-9944 Fax: (323) 221-9934
CALABASAS, CA (January 10, 2019) — The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) announced today that the following parks managed by the MRCA remain closed to the public due to circumstances related to the recent Woosley fire incident:

MRCA properties in this list are currently closed

  • Charmlee Wilderness Park
  • Escondido Canyon Park

California State Parks Areas That Are Open

  • Leo Carrillo State Park and Areas opened to Public
    • Countyline Beach
    • Staircase Beach
  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach (Including Adamson House)
  • Point Mugu State Park
    • Mugu Beach
    • Sycamore Cove (partial parking lot reopening)
    • Thornhill Broome Campground
    • La Jolla Canyon Group Camp
    • Upper Sycamore Canyon
    • La Jolla Valley
    • Old Boney Trail
    • Guadalasca Trail
  • Malibu Creek State Park is OPEN as of December 18. Campground remains closed.
  • Robert H. Meyers Memorial State Beach
  • El Matador, La Pierda and El Pescador beaches
  • Topanga State Park

Closed Areas 12/18

  • Point Mugu State Park: Sycamore Canyon trails are open, but the Campground remains closed.
  • Leo Carrillo State Park: Campground, backcountry trails and roads, and day use area. The Woolsey Fire burned through the campground and several structures, such as the visitor center, sector office, employee residences, three lifeguard towers, Leo Shop structures, the Junior Lifeguard Complex and several restrooms.
  • Malibu Creek State Park: Campground is closed. State Parks lost some structures, such as employee residences, the historic Sepulveda Adobe, Red House, Hope Ranch also known as the White Oak Barn (including historic Adamson rowboats) and Reagan Ranch.
  • Point Dume State Beach: The beach and nature preserve remain closed.
  • Trails needing considerable work:

    • BBT - Mesa Peak Fire Road
    • BBT - Chamberlain Trial
    • BBT Blue Canyon
    • Serrano Valley & Canyon
    • All trails in the Nicholas Flat & Leo Carrillo SP area (Decker Road and Leo Carrillo SP still closed)
    December 4, 2018: Leo Carrillo State Park has reopened Countyline Beach and staircase, however, the campground, backcountry trails and roads, and the day-use area remain closed until further notice due to the damages caused by the Woolsey Fire. The fire burned through the campground and several structures, such as the visitor center, sector office, employee residences, three lifeguard towers, Shop structures, the Junior Lifeguard Complex and several restrooms. If you have a reservation, please contact Reserve California at 800-444-7275. For the latest information on how the wildfires have impacted our state parks, visit our newsroom at
    Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA)
    Administrative Offices at (805) 449-2323, or COSCA Ranger Headquarters at (805) 381-2741

    Areas CLOSED 12/12 Until Further Notice:

  • Hill Canyon Bridge
  • Hawk Canyon
  • Oakbrook Regional Park and the Open Space behind the Chumash Museum

  • The Western Plateau area is accessible from the trailhead on Conejo Center Drive.
    Hill Canyon is accessible via the Western Plateau as well as the Hill Canyon Fire Road at the end of Rancho Conejo.