Monday morning Lawren Markle of the Arroyo & Foothills Conservancy board and I took our dogs for a hike above Millard Canyon along Sunset Ridge.
We were going to go up Rubio Canyon in celebration of the conservancy’s recent option to buy another 21 acres of open space at the canyon mouth, keeping yet more untouched (and ridiculously steep) mountain land free from development.
But my collie Charlie got too many ticks last time we went cross-country in Rubio, so I opted for a wide-open walk away from the chaparral.
Not that there’s much underbrush in some of the burnt-out foothills one year on from the Station Fire. But the area is recovering, as it always does, and the Forest Service should open more of the semi-permanently closed trails.
To look down into the bottom of Millard, with its many cabins, is to recall how campground caretaker Lonnie Fehr literally saved it last fall by pleading with the Forest Service for aerial tankers to make some crucial drops along the north ridge. It worked. Not a historic wee bideaway cabin or a campsite was lost.
To find out how to help save Rubio, go to www.altadenafoothills.org.