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 will continue for up to a year. 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 three 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 casey.jardine@usda.gov 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.