Great news for Southern California hikers: The western entry to the Angeles Crest Highway has reopened to vehicle traffic. It's been a two-year wait since the station fire ravaged the front range of the San Gabriels, closing the main thoroughfare into the range and leaving a vast swathe of burnt forest.
The highway's re-opening means the end of circuitous, lenghty detours to prime trails.
Even better – the forest service re-opened half of the burn area last month. For a complete rundown of which areas are back in business, see the Moder Hiker's list and coverage.
Also see Patch's Dan Abendschein's article on how you can help the area continue to recover from the station fire: [LINK]