We have spent more than $1M designing 38 miles of hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking trails through San Vicente Redwoods. It’s taken so much time and money because we’re determined to build awesome trails AND protect the wildlife habitat and water resources there.
We have reviewed our draft trail map on the Glenwood Preserve in Scotts Valley with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and plans are moving along. Planning five miles of trails on our Watsonville Slough Farm has been delayed until Summer 2017.
The Land Trust plans to build, over the next five years, more than 45 miles of NEW trails – the biggest addition to the county’s 240-mile trail system in decades. The 38 miles of trails on San Vicente Redwoods will include 21 miles of biking trails and 17 miles for hiking and horse-back riding. There will be loop trails, view trails, trails leading to picnic spots, and a skyline to the sea trail that will connect to Coast Dairies and to the Rail Trail!
The five miles of trails through our Watsonville Slough Farm will provide access to the heart of the county’s largest freshwater wetlands, and connect to the Coastal Rail Trail. We will also build three miles of trails through the Glenwood Open Space Preserve in Scotts Valley.
The Land Trust committed to increasing access to our lands in our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. These trails are the first major implementation of that vision. We believe that public support for land protection and stewardship is built on public access to the land – and on the stewardship of those lands.
The estimated cost of these trails is more than $10 million, including providing funds for their stewardship and security. Only about a third of these funds will be provided by foundation and government grants.
Design is underway on the San Vicente Trails, with permitting expected in 2016, and the first trails open in 2017, and all of them by 2020. We will begin design of the Watsonville Slough Trails next year with construction expected in 2019. The Glenwood Trails should be open in 2017.
10% of donations will go to support core Land Trust Stewardship and Operations.