Wrought iron fencing and a gate for the Cobb Estate
A Gate for the Cobb Estate?
The Forest Service has a proposal from an Eagle Scout to install wrought iron fencing and a gate at the Cobb Estate, possibly blocking off after hours access to Mt. Echo and other trails.
By Dan Abendschein
The images at right depict what the fencing would look like – the first shows a gate that if locked, would block people from entering the Cobb Estate. The second shows fencing intended to block people from hiking up an area bull-dozed by firefighters during the Station Fire, an area that the Forest Service does not want hikers using so it can re-vegetate.
The images were provided by a local Forest Service official to members of the Altadena Crest Trail working group. In the email, Mike McIntyre writes to the members that he is welcoming any public input on the proposal.
In a follow-up email to the proposal, local trail advocate Paul Ayers pointed out that proposal does not have any details on when the gate will be closed or open, who will manage the opening, and what will happen if hikers end up trapped behind it.
Local trail advocates already have taken issue with a barbed-wire fence at Eaton Canyon that restricts access to trail users after dark – during winter months it is not unusual for hikers or mountain bikers to get stuck behind the fence, as detailed in the links below.