LA Hikers were pleased to hear that a seven mile length of the Angeles Crest Highway that had long been closed after mudslides and debris washed out sections of the road as a result of the Station Fire finally reopened.

After more than 18 months and $32 million in repairs, the now-opened road gives motorists, and thus hikers, more access to locations in the Angeles National Forest high country.

Of course the bad news is the loss of the trees from the 161,000-acre wildfire. Sure, the chaparral will grow back quickly. But the ponderosa pine, incense cedar and other conifers? The forest isn’t going to look like a forest for a very long time.