Put an obstacle in front of an off-roader and they'll find a way to go over, around or through it.
They might have to try a few times from different angles, but whether they're facing boulders, sand or mud, they almost always find a way to get where they're trying to go.
It's an attitude that seems to apply whether they're behind the wheel or not.
Recently the Azusa Canyon Off Road Association (ACORA) ran into some hurdles in the construction of an obstacle course it's building in the Angeles National Forest. But with a little cooperation and creative thinking, the project is now back on track.
The obstacle course, located about 10 miles up San Gabriel Canyon Road, is a sprawling sculpture of gullies and hillocks constructed from boulders, K-rails and concrete pipes, all cemented together.
Mike Bishop, president of ACORA, said the project was born out environmental concerns more than a decade ago. The 150-acre San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area, located alongside the San Gabriel River, has long been popular with off-roaders, but it's also home to the endangered Santa Ana sucker fish.
In 2001, the Azusa City Council asked the U.S. Forest Service to ban off-roading in the area, citing concerns about water pollution caused by the four-wheeling rigs.
The U.S. Forest Service devised a number of rules that would help protect the fish and waterway, and limited options for four-wheel recreation.
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