The U.S. Forest Service, in reaction to criticism of its management plan (pdf) for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument that not enough concession was made for accessing recreation sites, has launched a pilot shuttle program. Chantry Flat, being one of the most popular access points, was selected as the destination of the trial runs. This is a collaborative effort with the non-governmental organization CarLess California, from whom the Forest Service has received a grant for the project.
Three 18 passenger vans will pick up and drop off hikers from the REI Sporting Goods parking lot adjacent the Arcadia Gold Line train station. Runs will be made at 30 to 45 minute intervals, the approximate round trip driving time, plus time to on load and off load. The first trip will begin at 7:00 a.m. and the last shuttle will be leaving Chantry Flat at 4:00 p.m.
Stop by the pack station before your hike for maps, water and hiking snacks. And, as always, we’ll refuel you after your hike with fresh grilled panini sandwiches and cheese burgers, hot french fries and cold drinks. If you come on Sunday, enjoy our concerts starting at 12:00 noon.
The shuttle will be operating on the following weekends…
- September 24 – September 25
- October 1 – September 2
- October 8 – October 9
REI is located at 214 N Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia at Santa Clara St. (MAP).