Eaton Canyon Closure
On June 5th, the question was posted online about a possible closure of Eaton Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California. This past Friday, June 13th, the Coalition of American Canyoneers obtained more information indicating that Eaton Canyon is to be permanently closed on July 1st. The reason for the closure is yet to be determined and may be related to accidents and deaths over the past three years. It appears that the entire technical section would be off limits and a person could be fined up to $5000 and given 6 months in jail for entering. For those of you unfamiliar with Eaton, it is the finest of the San Gabriel canyons. John Muir visited the upper canyon and wrote of it in 1877. Chris Brennen has descended it for over 25 years. Southern California has a tremendous number of canyoneers; hence people can be found descending it on weekdays as well as weekends.
It has been difficult for the CAC to obtain information over the weekend (June 14th & 15th, 2014). The process of connecting with government officials, arranging meetings, and discussing solutions is slow. It may be some time before we are able to formulate a policy. However, the July 1st deadline is on top of us. Consequently it is important for each of you to have a voice and express whatever concerns you may personally have about the closure. Please go online and give your opinion about the Eaton Canyon closure to the National Forest service: USDA – Angeles National Forest.
Also, Congresswoman Judy Chu has been very involved with issues concerning the San Gabriel Mountains. Please offer your opinion about the closure: http://chu.house.gov/connect-with-me/email-judy
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We will be meeting with land managers to try and resolve the closure issue for Eaton Canyon. You can add your voice by submitting the survey below. Thank you.
Eaton Canyon • History and Additional Information
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