What’s Open, Closed: Southern California Beaches, Parks, Trails


After closings over Independence Day weekend, Los Angeles County beaches, piers, and bike trails are open to walkers, bikers, and bathers again, as long as they stay with members of their own home. As of Monday morning, beaches that had closed or limited activities were also reopened in Orange, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

On Los Angeles County beaches, you can bring umbrellas and coolers and spend a day at the beach. Facial covers are required when you are not in the water and when you are around other people. Gatherings of any size with friends and family outside of immediate homes are still prohibited, as are beach volleyball and other group sports.

“We ask that you plan to limit your time on the beach so that others can enjoy the beach without creating crowds,” says the county website. “Please avoid crowded areas or crowds on the beach. Beaches that get too crowded may be forced to close. “

Last week, the state closed parking on state beaches throughout Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area over the weekend. Restaurant meals were also announced, as well as visits to wineries, museums and arcades in Los Angeles County and 18 other counties for at least three weeks.

Coronavirus cases increased during the holiday weekend. The rate at which coronavirus testing in California is giving positive results has increased 42% in the past two weeks, according to data published in the Los Angeles Times. California Coronavirus Tracker.

The LA Times is tracking openings, closings, and restrictions on beaches across the state.

The Times is also tracking evolving rules county by county as California regions regulate restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and other businesses as the state fights the coronavirus outbreak. (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and Santa Barbara were among the California counties that closed their bars in the last days of June after the reopens were followed by a jump in the COVID-19 cases.)

Around Los Angeles County

In the Great San Gabriel Valley, three popular gardening sites will open, but by appointment only for non-members. The Huntington Library, Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, the Rest Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge and the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia were moved to the required reservation policy to maintain distance between visitors.

In other areas, Monrovia Canyon Park is open to visitors who obtain tickets in advance from 6:30 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. The park is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and access to the waterfall route remains closed. “This trail is narrow and incredibly popular, making it incredibly difficult to ensure safe social distancing,” says the website.

Catalina Island businesses are open and the Catalina Express will be handling boats between Long Beach (or Dana Point) and Avalon, the island’s Chamber of Commerce said.

Most trails in Los Angeles County will remain open, but the Eaton Canyon wilderness area in Pasadena requires advance reservations due to overcrowding. County health officials urge hikers to stay home if they feel sick, wear a mask, and carefully pass other hikers, avoid gathering in groups, and leave no trail. More details and tips are offered on the county trails website.

Los Angeles city parks

Although the city’s golf courses and tennis courts have reopened and the parks are open, the city’s recreation centers, water facilities, skate parks, playgrounds, baseball fields, playgrounds Soccer and basketball courts remain closed.

Elsewhere, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro remains closed, as do Sherman Oaks Castle and the Exhibition Center in Exposition Park.

Inner empire

San Bernardino County has reopened the county’s parks, lakes, rivers, and recreational areas.

Riverside County leaders have allowed the reopening of golf courses, with restrictions. Walking, biking, and horseback riding are also allowed on trails and parks under the county health order.

California State Parks

During the holidays, state park officials temporarily closed vehicle access on all beaches in Los Angeles, Ventura, Marin, Monterrey, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties. . Now only 18 state park sites remain closed, including Los Encinos, Pio Pico and Watts Towers state historical parks. Visitors are encouraged to visit the COVID-19 resource page to verify which destinations and parking areas are open.

Santa Monica Mountains

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which stretches on both sides of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, has reopened most of its trails, parking lots, lookouts, and restrooms. However, its two visitor centers remain closed. Like other agencies, the National Park Service urges hikers to cover their faces and stay away from others.

Additionally, the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority has reopened most of its parks, trails, parking lots, and restrooms. The authority manages more than 75,000 acres of open space, largely owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

National forests in southern California

Most of the trails and natural areas are open in the national forests of Southern California. Some areas are closed due to overcrowding during the pandemic.

Los Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, Chantry Flats and Roberts Camp on Sierra Madre are closed on weekends. Picnic areas are open, and some campgrounds like Mt. Oak, Lake, Table Mountain, Sycamore, South Fork and Big Rock are open. Campsites in the bush. Pacifico, Little Jimmy, Buckhorn and others, as well as the visitor centers, are still closed.

In the San Bernardino National Forest, trails, trails, picnic areas, and camps are open. However, popular swimming wells, including the Aztec Falls at Deep Creek, are temporarily closed in the Lake Arrowhead area. The closure also includes Hook Creek Road.

In the Los Padres National Forest, trails and camps are open except for the Santa Paula Canyon and the Last Chance Trail in the Ojai District is closed. For information on different areas, visit the forest website for updates on Monterey, Saint Lucia, Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Mt. Pine areas.

In the Cleveland National Forest, the trails are open, but check the website for the state of the camps.

National parks in California

All of California’s 11 national parks and recreation areas are now open. The most recent reopens include several camps in Death Valley and Muir Woods in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. But visitor centers and camps in most parks remain closed. See a list of park-by-park closings.