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Garcia Trail Update

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Garcia Trail Update

A popular fitness and hiking trail above Azusa has been damaged by the Colby Fire

Between January 16th thru the 19th of this year, the Colby Fire burned dangerously close to the residential portion of Azusa. During this fire, the popular hiking/fitness trail known as "Garcia Trail" incurred significant damage. Due to the damage, the trail has been closed to the public.

Due to the popularity of the trail and several requests as to the status of the trail's condition, City Manager James Makshanoff created a video presentation containing current photos of the trail, which you can watch here on our website. 

The Trail's Status

Clearly visible in the presentation is evidence the trail is not safe to use and is unstable. The Los Angeles County Fire Department's Forestry Division is currently evaluating the condition of the trail, and will render a determination as to the trail's permanent status.

Therefore, the trail is closed indefinately. Should you proceed past the signs advising the trail is closed, you are not only risking your safety, but may be subjected to both civil and criminal liabilities.

On behalf of the Azusa Police Department, the LA County Fire Department, the Azusa City Council and City Manager Makshanoff, we thank you in advance for your understanding.


Should you have questions regarding the trail, please post those questions on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/AzusaPD. We will answer those questions as quickly as we can, but we do ask for your patience as we want to be sure to give you the most acurate answers.

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Officer Mike Bires is a 20 year veteran of law enforcement.  He is currently assigned as the University Resource Officer at Azusa Pacific University.  Officer Bires has experience as a Field Training Officer, Bike Patrol, Community Policing, and SWAT.  He is the developer of the department's website and the social media manager.

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    Alicia Machuca Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Hello, I am a UCR student researching about the hiking trail. I am wondering if anyone was hurt during the fire and how is it that the cross did not burn down but everything else did? Thank you for your time.

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    Ayelet B Jackson Monday, February 02, 2015

    I heard the trail reopen a couple weeks ago is this true ?

  • Mike Bires
    Mike Bires Saturday, February 07, 2015

    Hi Ayelet - We have not received any information the trail is open. Sorry.

  • Guest
    Rachel Monday, March 02, 2015

    I also heard today that the trail is open. I saw a friend post pics online. Is this true?

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    Natalie Monday, November 24, 2014

    It has been 10 months already when will the trail be open again? ??

  • Mike Bires
    Mike Bires Monday, November 24, 2014

    Hi Natalie. There are no plans to re-open the trail.

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