Empire Grade Road closed at Felton-Empire / Ice Cream Grade Roads.
A portion of Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains is closed due to the Lockheed Fire burning in Santa Cruz County. This road is a favorite among local cyclists, including me.
Theoretically, I can still do my Felton / Empire Grade / Santa Cruz ride — Empire Grade is open from Felton Empire / Ice Cream all the way down into the UCSC Campus. The smoke, however, is amazingly thick along Empire Grade, and it’s not healthy to breath this stuff.
The mountain bike trails from Big Basin to Wilder Ranch to Henry Cowell are also covered in smoke. I don’t know about the trails further south, but I hear the smoke is bad all the way down to Watsonville.
I hate to write this, but stay inside and save your lungs for a better day.
Photos by Richard Masoner.