Mueller Tunnel and Mt Lowe Fire Road Reopening Soon

UPDATE: The Mt Lowe Fire Road is open to the public. Read more here.

As reported in the Altadena Online Blog January 27, 2011, the Mueller Tunnel, which connects the Eaton Saddle (between Red Box and Mt Wilson), with the Mt Lowe fire road has been undergoing some major reconstruction. Here’s a photo of what it looked like after the Station Fire and subsequent rain storms.

I received an email on February 9, 2012 from one of the Angeles National Forest Forest Engineers who said that with exception of adding some signage, that the work has been completed. He included this recent photo of the tunnel.

UPDATE: The Mt Lowe Fire Road is open to the public. Read more here.

OK the tunnel is fixed, so can we ride there?

Officially, due to the Station Fire Recovery Area Closure Order No. 01-11-04, the Mt Lowe fire road remains closed. So sure, you could theoretically ride from the Eaton Saddle through the tunnel. But beyond that (such as riding past the Mt Lowe campground), you would be riding in the closed area. I’ve highlighted the area below in yellow. The black line represents the fire closure area to the left (west of it). Now some might take a chance and assume that the line is not on the fire road. But be forewarned: the fine is several thousand dollars. Is that worth the risk?

Have Patience. It Will Open Soon

Until you see an official notice posted to the Angeles National Forest website, assume that this area is still closed. The official notice is the only form of legal proof that the trail is one again open. And you can be sure that I’ll be shouting out “TRAIL OPEN” as soon as I get the official word. If some guy is telling you he got a verbal OK to run shuttles there, don’t assume that means that you’re OK riding there!

UPDATE: The Mt Lowe Fire Road is open to the public. Read more here.