Most LA County hiking trails, parks, golf courses reopen

“It feels so good!” is what we heard, again and again, at parks, hiking trails, and golf courses reopened in LA County this weekend. For many, it’s the first time they have hiked or golfed in months since the COVID-19 restrictions went into effect.

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Park officials explain they are testing the opening, with safety guidelines and restrictions.

At golf courses, for example: No more than four players per tee time with six feet between people in the same group. Only one player per golf cart (but you can bring in your pushcart to take your equipment while you walk).

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Bring water, drinking fountains are closed and no touching of flagsticks or cups.

Masks are required.

The same thing goes for hiking trails. We did see small family groups of no more than four people, allowed to sit down together in parks, for a while, but most people were walking or biking.

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Runion Canyon is the one popular trial that remains closed, but we are told it will probably be open by next weekend after park officials have seen how their guidelines were followed (and Mother’s Day has passed since that will require most of their existing patrolling resources). 

Make sure you bring, aside from your mask, water, and sanitary wipes. Also, keep in mind that bathrooms remain closed in many facilities, so plan ahead.

Be safe, be well.