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Column #2, April 25th, 2006
No, I'm not writing about unhealthy indulgence. To the
contrary, I'm referring to the healthy and rewarding activity
of hiking, horseback-riding or bicycling in "the Gorge."
That gorge being the steep sided and rugged canyon below Lake
Hodges Dam along Del Dios Highway. If you have ever been intrigued
by occasional glimpses into the canyon that you can see while
driving along the Del Dios Highway you are now able to indulge
yourself by exploring it close up.
(pictured here - San Dieguito
River Park volunteers who are on the Trails Committee inspecting
the trail before its opening.)
As of mid April, 2006, a 1.5-mile section
of trail carved out between Crosby Estates and the San Dieguito
River at the lower (western) end of the gorge is now open to the
public. The trail was constructed by Crosby Estates and will be
turned over to the San Dieguito River Park for management and
maintenance. The trail is accessible from a staging area that
can be reached by the road that enters the gorge next to the Produce
Stand at the bottom of the hill just past Crosby Estates. For
the first mile it is an easy level trail that takes you along
the river and beautiful riparian habitat over several small bridges
and then through a boulder field left by floods of the past. From
there, you will get serious exercise because the next half mile
negotiates numerous switchbacks as you rise more than 200 feet
out of the gorge at the western end. The view will be worth it.
This section of trail is a treat for those
looking for new trail experiences but the big payoff will come
next summer when another section of trail is finished to link
this section to the Lake Hodges trail system 1.5 miles up the
gorge to the East. That section of trail will provide access to
the most dramatic part of the gorge and establish a 20-mile continuous
trail from the gorge to the intersection of State Highway 78 and
Bandy Canyon Road in the San Pasqual Valley.
To learn more about the progress being
made to create a 55-mile long open space preserve and hiking trail
system between the ocean and Volcan Mountain log on to www.sdrp.org
Dick Bobertz has been the Executive Director
of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority since
1998. Prior to 1998, he had a diverse career leading government
and environmental organizations in Utah, Nevada and California.
Most recently he served as City Manager for Gonzales, California
and Planning Director for Alpine County, California. www.sdrp.org
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