Santiago has been my haven over the last couple of years. To have a major part of it erased like this feels like something real has been lost. I didn't expect to feel this way, but I do.
I can grudgingly accept that Barham was originally a fire road, and is needed to provide emergency access. But I've heard rumors that the Chutes Trail is next, and that really would be a loss. Santiago Oaks is a small park. It doesn't have sweeping views or jewel box canyons. What it does have is local access, personality, and technical challenge. Grading these trails destroys what's best about this park.