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Wet Weather Brings Trail Closures

During and after rain, check the Alerts page for information about current trail closures, which may last up to three days following significant rain.

Rainy weather this winter is bringing some much-needed drought relief to Southern California, but it does have another effect – trail closures at County regional and wilderness parks.

Is my favorite park open?

Check trail status before you make plans to visit. Here’s how.

The most up-to-date information about trail conditions is available on our Alerts page, which rangers update as they close and open trails.

  • Call the Park

Park staff record a closure message when trails are closed.

These are updated from website alerts based on staff availability.

For information including County road closures, rainfall data, hazards and warnings, visit the OC Public Works Storm Center.


Why do the trails close?

All this wet weather brings a welcome change that helps plants and wildlife thrive, but it can also pose a challenge for trails. OC Parks carefully evaluates potential storm damage in an effort to keep trails fun and sustainable, but we also need your help.

Any use too soon on wet trails can cause long-lasting damage to trails, which is why closures may last up to three days after significant rain. These closures help keep trails and visitors safe.

During cool and wet winter months, the trails take more time to dry out, and the closures may extend past the actual rainfall for up to three days following the storm. Once trails re-open, visitors can further help avoid damage by steering clear of remaining muddy spots.

After each rain, park rangers assess trail conditions. Trails are always reopened as soon as possible, and the website is updated to reflect the status.

Please help us and the trails by respecting all closures.