Old Coach Trail opening in Poway 08 Oct 2011

posted Oct 6, 2011, 5:44 PM by Patty Heyden   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 3:57 PM by Webmaster OPEN ]

Press Release, for Immediate Release

A Regional Trails Network for San Diego County
The First Step

Contact: Leana Bulay, San Dieguito River Park, (858) 674-2275 x 14 or Leana@sdrp.org

All hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians* are invited to join the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, The City of Poway, The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, and the County of San Diego for the opening ceremony of a new trail segment.

Jim Cunningham, City of Poway Council member and San Dieguito River Park Board member will lead a 10 mile hike from the Trans-County trail south of Poway, through the Poway trail system to the Old Coach North staging area in the San Dieguito River Park where the hikers will participate in a ceremony to commemorate the new trail connection.

The ceremony will be held at the Old Coach North staging area (click here for map) at 12:00pm Saturday, October 8, 2011.
Comments from participating organizations will take place with a Ranger led walk to follow. Light refreshments will be provided.

The San Dieguito River Park, in cooperation with the City of Poway, has established a north/south trail linkage between the San Dieguito River Park Coast-to-Crest Trail and the Trans County Trail through the City of Poway Trail system. The new linkage almost doubles the length of continuous regional trail system available to trail users by joining the 23 continuous existing miles of the San Dieguito River Park system to the 14 miles of the Trans-County system through 8 miles of the Poway Trail system. This regional trail overlays the City of Poway neighborhood trail system which includes 55 miles of linked trails providing regional trail access.  

Established in 1989, the San Dieguito River Park is a 94,000-acre open space greenway of regional significance in San Diego's North County, stretching more than 55 miles from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain near Julian, and home to a diverse array of sensitive animal and plant species, many of special status. The River Park aims to protect the natural and cultural resources, sensitive lands and waterways in the San Dieguito River Valley and provide compatible recreational opportunities for hikers, bikers and equestrians. For more information, including trail maps and activities, visit www.sdrp.org.
Under the Oak Trees on the Old Coach Trail, January 2011.
The San Pasqual Valley, photographed from the Old Coach Trail, January 2011

Grand Opening Ceremony for Newest
Trail Section
Old Coach Trail Link
to Coast to Crest Trail
Noon on Saturday October 8


The ceremony will be held at the Highland Valley-Old Coach staging area at 12460 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025.
Click here for map.

Comments from participating organizations will take place with a Ranger led walk to follow. Light refreshments will be provided.

All hikers, bicyclists and equestrians invited!

*NOTICE TO EQUESTRIANS

Although the event will commemorate our new linkage between the San Dieguito River Park Coast to Crest Trail and the Poway Old Coach Trail, equestrian access will be limited to two miles from the Highland Valley - Old Coach Staging Area due to a major bridge failure at Sycamore Creek. The bridge repair will take 8-12 months before full access to the Poway Trail System can be achieved. 

For Equestrians who would like a longer ride, we suggest staging at one of two other larger staging areas along the Coast to Crest Trail – either San Pasqual Staging Area at Bandy Canyon Road and Hwy 78, or the Sikes Adobe Staging Area on Sunset Drive and riding to the event at the new Highland Valley-Old Coach Staging Area. Click here to see a map with the staging area locations identified.

San Dieguito Riverpark Website: www.sdrp.org