The Arnold Rim Trail is closed Wednesday June 16th at the Logging Museum for this fuel break mastication project. The dirt path (Forest Service road 5N45Y) that runs just below the Arnold Rim Trail will also be closed. We will post when it is reopened. Thank you for your understanding.
When the Arnold Rim Trail is closed at the Logging Museum please access the Arnold Rim Trail from the Oak Circle trailhead in Cedar Center. When you get to the Arnold Rim Trail at Post #5, please plan to turn left on the Arnold Rim Trail and not right. Please visit our map page for details.
As a part of the larger project to create a continuous fuel break on both sides of Highway 4, from Murphys to Camp Connell, there will be an 800-acre fuel reduction project that will be conducted behind the Mill Woods, Meadowmont, and Lakemont Pines subdivisions. The work began November 14, 2020 and is expected to wrap up towards the end of June, 2021. This project will intermittently close parts of the Arnold Rim Trail, between the Logging Museum and the Oak Circle trailheads. It will be conducted behind these the residential areas for the next six to twelve months. The equipment that is being used can propel chips of wood, that are extremely dangerous, for distances of 300 feet. While these trail closures will be inconvenient, the project to create fuel breaks on both sides of Highway 4 is extremely important to provide increased fire protection for our communities.
When the Arnold Rim Trail is closed at the Logging Museum and Oak Circle in downtown Arnold, please consider accessing the Arnold Rim Trail from the two trailheads on Valley View Drive. These two trailheads are on our Arnold Rim Trail map, but there are not yet signs at those trailheads. Please download the Arnold Rim Trail map to your smart phone using the instructions found here. Using the Arnold Rim Trail map in the Avenza mapping app will make it possible for you to locate yourself when you are at one of these two trailheads and also no matter where you are on the Arnold Rim Trail. Please note that during rainstorms or just after, Valley View Drive can be very slippery because of the clay soil on this dirt road. Two-wheel drive vehicles often cannot climb on this road.
Another gorgeous part of the Arnold Rim Trail system, that few have yet explored, is the six-mile trail in San Domingo Canyon. This trail starts on Avery Sheep Ranch Road and ends at the Heliport on Highway 4 just below Avery. This is often an excellent choice in the winter. It is lower in elevation and often is snow-free. This trail is also on the Arnold Rim Trail map.
For up-to-date information, please contact Public Service Staff Officer Casey Jardine at email@example.com or call the Forest Service at 209-795-1381.
Included below are the Press Release from the U.S. Forest Service and also a map of the areas where the project will take place.