Wednesday, April 11, 2018

As welcoming as the sounds and smells of winter weather are, it’s important for park visitors to remain vigilant while hiking and enjoying parks during the rainy season.

Bluffs

Rains and high surf conditions have caused significant erosion on coastal bluffs. We advise visitors to Pillar Point Bluff, Mirada Surf, and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to stay away from bluff edges and areas directly under the bluffs when on the beach. Stay on designated trails and be aware that, even on trails, conditions can change quickly and may become dangerous. Take time to observe the area where you are walking. If you see cracks in the surface or slumping soil, change your course of travel and notify park rangers.

For the safety of yourself and others, please heed and do not remove warning signs, trail signs, and barriers. Maps showing designated trails are posted at park entrances and on our website. For the safety of your dog and to prevent further erosion of sensitive areas, please follow the County ordinance that requires dogs to be on leash at all times when visiting locations that allow dogs.

Forests

In our heavily wooded parks, be cautious during windy conditions and watch for falling branches. Stay on service roads and wide trails so you are not directly under large tree canopies. Also be aware that pooling water on trails can be slippery or cause trail erosion that can make trails uneven.

Know Before You Go

Our park rangers patrol parks even during storms to identify any problem areas, including downed trees, creek overflow, and dangerous bluff conditions; and work to post advisories at park entrances and trailheads and to close parks when necessary. We often post these advisories on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. You can also call our Department, Monday through Thursday, at (650) 363-4021.